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Grunion Run San Diego-Style

It's nearly grunion time. Where will you spy the shimmery wonders?

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Grunion Run San Diego-Style

Cindy Sivak/Grunion.org

Fish on land isn't so strange; the grunion have been coming ashore to spawn for a very, very, very long time. Long time.

ANNUAL GRUNION RUN: If you’re going to head out late at night to catch a glimpse of silvery fish rushing the shore, why not do it in La Jolla? The grunion runs occur from late March through May as the mysterious fish spawn on the beaches north of San Diego.

GET A GUIDE: To make it an even more interesting night, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography provides experts. For $14 per person, you can enjoy the event with naturalists from the aquarium. No doubt you will get more information that you may have thought possible about the process where the female grunion buries herself half-way into the sand to lay eggs while the male wraps himself around her to finish the job.

PENCIL IT IN: Here are the dates for 2013:

Friday, March 29: 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday, April 12: 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 27: 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 11: 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 26: 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Bring a flashlight and a jacket. It’s a late night so it’s best you follow the age suggestion of 6 years old and up, please. Reservations must be received in advance by registering online or by calling 858-534-7336.

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