Hand StampIf you ever have the opportunity to attend a grunion run, take it! It is a window into the vast greatness and perfection of nature, the beauty of the world through the paragon of animals (to paraphrase Shakespeare).
There was an informative movie with a Q&A session to learn all about grunions.
Around 11:00 PM we headed over to the out facing beach, to sit in the moon light and wait for the fish to arrive.
The grunion is protected by law, and may only be caught using the bare hands by those who have a valid California fishing license. The allowed fishing period is limited to certain days and times as regulated by the Department of Fish and Game. Collection of spawning grunion is not allowed during April and May, so we were only allowed to observe, not touch or impede the spawning process.
We sat on the beach near the water line, in the dark, waiting for the action to start. Periodically, the crowd was allowed to turn on flash lights to check out the process. Controlled darkness was mandated to keep from scaring away the fish. At first there were a few here and there...around 11:45 PM we were allowed to turn on the flash lights and view the mass spawning. Fifteen minutes later the beach was closed and everyone sent home.
Check out the live action below: