Wed. June 8th - Catalina Island

My house was under a tent getting filled with toxic gas, so we shot over for a day trip with no expectations...

We missed the flying fish festival last week in Avalon.
We hit the water after renting a boat from Joe's Rent-a-Boat. The sun was not yet fully out, but the growing light blue sky was reflecting off the dark blue Pacific.
We cruised by a quad of Harbor Seals sunning themselves on our way to find a nice spot to anchor and have a picnic.
During our picnic up at Long Point / Pirates Cove, a lone seagull came to beg for scraps.
There was a whole bunch of Great Blue Herons flying around and fighting each other. We must be in the nesting grounds.
The rocks at Long Point, shot from our anchored boat.
Then we weighed anchor and started heading back. We had already seen The Harbor Seals, and a bunch of Sea Lions, along with the usual suspects of GB Herons, Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, and an Osprey. So now we were searching for some harder to find critters.
There we go. Deanna spotted one of the islands Bald Eagles sitting atop the cross near some Christian Camp. There are two great webcams pointed at two nests on Catalina Island. One has 3 young eagles. and the other one has one young eagle.
There are 2 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles on Catalina. We continued on our way and spotted some Leopard Sharks near Gallagher Beach, between Frog Rock and Toyon Bay.
While we were looking at Leopark Shark, I spotted some Dolphins and was off to get amongst them.
We cruise up, and the Common Dolphin just race to the front of our boat and turn sideways to check us out.
These guys were herding schools of fish by racing around in circles, and actually Sea Lions were in there helping them. They close the circle and then dart in and snatch up a fish, shredding it instantly, causing the hovering seagulls to all dive in and fight for scraps.
It was fascinating to be right in the middle of this, watching it all happen.
The frenzy.
You can see them upside down all under our boat...
A Sea Lion was taking part in the fish fest too.
So many of them!
After our epic boat tour, we were tired, and walked around Avalon and Descanso.
Then before the sun even set, we were back on the ferry home...
Posted June 11th, 2011 by These sea mammals can't be lesbians can they?
First video blogged?

Tired. Descanso. Funny coincidence
Posted By: Jgonzalez on June 11th, 2011 at 12:10AM PST
these pictures are great! i was just there tuesday for my birthday. had the same fun day too. what camera do you use for most of the pictures you post?
Posted By: david kersey on June 11th, 2011 at 12:35AM PST
What a great pose Ed. This must be my favourite post ever! So many great shots of the dolphins, looks like the perfect day :) It must be so thrilling to be amongst them in their hunt. It's weird how social the dolphins are to human beings, and how playfull they are around boats. They must have a lot of spare time.
Posted By: Emilie on June 11th, 2011 at 01:02AM PST
No comment.
Posted By: current gray on June 11th, 2011 at 07:04AM PST
Your vacation, our education.Birdnerd.

Let´s see..
The chewing gum guy founded a botanic garden there,
Bison, rare Birds, a place named after a british myth, okay.
Is there anything mystical bout Avalon?

In warm summer nights, the ghost of Brian Ferry....

First page image results "Frog Rock Catalina":
The Templetons on vacation;)

I´m having this disneyland effect...
There´s an island named after a skate company?

That "Inthegrass" photo needs to be painted in oil.
Thick ancient oil, made from the tears of children
and milled horns from unicorns.

These reflections actually look like oil...

Look at Mr. Hemingway with his Moleskine;

I have an orange boat, too.There are a couple of lakes
in reach, we use to go to in summer.No gay animals, but
impressive pikes and other hellmade creatures to ugly to
stroll the surface...

Oh, summer.(osama?)Just around the corner.

Going to teach some kids today, that a g-chord is
not an invention of the g-unit.Should be fun...
Posted By: S on June 11th, 2011 at 07:35AM PST
Oh and that clip is really some nice addition.
Posted By: S on June 11th, 2011 at 07:41AM PST
Looks like an awesome day. You sound like an animal behaviorist describing the dolphin's feeding frenzy haha.

S Van- The picture of Ed in the grass does need to be painted. Classic photo haha

Thought I'd contribute something, has anyone heard that Greg Graffin is getting a fossilized bird named after him? Or the fact that he's a professor? I didn't know at all haha
Posted By: Mike on June 11th, 2011 at 09:48AM PST
Forgot to mention that that sand sculpture is insane. There's a reality show about the people who do that stuff now. There is a reality show for everything I guess
Posted By: Mike on June 11th, 2011 at 09:50AM PST
Do you have any tattoo's Ed?
Posted By: josiah herrera on June 11th, 2011 at 11:19AM PST
i have seen the same things, swarms of feeding dolphins, in my little tin jon-boat in the intercoastal lagoon by my house. but on the other coast/side of the US. its the best.
Posted By: vinny on June 11th, 2011 at 11:47AM PST
No tats.
Posted By: ed on June 11th, 2011 at 12:24PM PST
Now that's interesting!
Posted By: josiah on June 11th, 2011 at 01:56PM PST
Anybody else seen Bad Religion albums being sold at Target?

Kinda rules.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on June 11th, 2011 at 04:15PM PST
Animals! Those bastard dolphins killing fish... I bet they love BP too.

Those boats seem fun. The ocean is a wonderful body of water.

I stole a tape recorder from my work. It's an old ass one, but it records sound onto cassette tape. I felt inspired to make my first ever demo tape of some of my songs.
SHRINES - being the name of the project,
"Curses" being the name of the tape.

I also got money & developed 11 rolls of film.


Why not hike through Catalina?
Posted By: Jacob on June 11th, 2011 at 04:22PM PST
Posted By: Jgonzalez on June 11th, 2011 at 09:21PM PST
Your Vimeo user name..the cat's out of the bag on this one.
More little videos soon then? yes? Ok.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on June 11th, 2011 at 11:08PM PST
I'm Ed's studio manager...
Posted By: Albert Hering on June 12th, 2011 at 10:26AM PST
The keeper of the (garage) keys.
Posted By: S on June 12th, 2011 at 11:31AM PST
Okay, is there a link to enjoy some tunes?
I´m also still in possesion of a cassette player/recorder...
Posted By: S on June 12th, 2011 at 11:51AM PST
I'm comin' after that ass,Albert.
We'll see then.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on June 12th, 2011 at 03:46PM PST
Come at me
Posted By: Albert Hering on June 12th, 2011 at 03:47PM PST
Posted By: Batman on June 12th, 2011 at 03:48PM PST
Beautiful photos! Makes me want to visit Catalina Island one day
Posted By: Hemlock Drew on June 12th, 2011 at 04:38PM PST
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