Catalina Island scientific excursion open to the public
"Catalina Above and Below" is an annual scientific observation and collecting expedition sponsored by the aquarium.
Passengers will have the opportunity to assist in checking fish traps set the day prior. Anything captured will be placed in onboard tanks for close-up study, then later released or kept for display at the aquarium.
Throughout the voyage, staff will be watching for and discussing the variety of marine animals commonly seen in the area, including whales, dolphins and sea lions.
There are also plans to conduct a controlled shark-baiting exercise designed to lure sharks to the surface for observation and attempted tagging.
Once at Catalina, passengers will be able to disembark at Two Harbors and explore the isthmus, a remote area quite different from the popular island destination of Avalon.
The boat will depart from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing landing in San Pedro at 6 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m.
The cost to attend is $95 ($85 for members) and space is limited. For reservations or more information visit the Cabrillo Marine aquarium website or call (310) 548-7562.
-- Kelly Burgess
Top photo: Garibaldi in the temporary tanks on the boat deck. The fish were released after the visitors got a good look. Bottom photo: Cabrillo staff member Alfonso Montiel shows the underside of a California spiny lobster brought up from the ocean floor. Credit: Gary Florin/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium