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AFISHinados Flying Fish Tour

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Ron and Ann, my mother

My husband is the greatest. He is always looking for fun events that can include my mother. Living with a person who is limited to a wheelchair teaches you how hard it is to get around. The world is still very limited in where they can go. But Ron sees such things as challenges so he got the idea that my mother might enjoy getting on a boat and seeing the flying fish that she grew up with when she was a child. He went down to Afishinados and talked to Karen and John about getting my mother on their amazing yacht for a night tour to see the flying fish.

The Catallac

Can hold up to 49 people
Captain John who is also a chaplain and does weddings on his boat as well

The Flying Fish are revered here on the island and as many times as I have been here I have never seen a flying fish. I learned why. They come here to the island to spawn among the abundant kelp fields here in our waters. They only come out at night and if you shine a flashlight at the water they are attracted to the light and will jump up and literally fly low over the ocean for varying lengths of time. They are a favorite food of the fun loving sea lions so they have adapted an amazing escape strategy. Their side fins have evolved into these incredible large fins that literally catch the wind like a sail on a boat. They use their powerful tails to gain speed and momentum to propel them out of the water and then their incredible fins catch the wind and it carries them off to safety in a different location away from incoming sea lions. Sometimes its just a short hop but other times they will catch a great wind and they will fly over their water for great distances.

We are pretty excited to get this show on the road

Ron taking a shot from the upper deck
a place to sit out of the wind and of course wine and beer

John and Karen are long time residences of Catalina and they were only all too willing to help a fellow islander. So we met the “Catallac” at 8 o’clock and there were plenty of people that just grabbed a hold of my mothers chair and got her on the boat. We got a great place on the back of the boat and off we went. As we pulled away I marveled at how beautiful the twinkling lights of Avalon looked and Karen reminded me of my good fortune when she said “We are so lucky to live here!!” This came from a woman that was born and raised here and has lived here her whole life. The Island is absolutely magical and enthralls long time residents and tourists alike. I hope I never take her for granted.

You never get sick of looking at it
The harbor that is absolutely breath taking lit up

Our beloved casino

Too beautiful to look away even for a minute

A sunset and the low level clouds,….California eddy….that contribute to our moderate temperatures
As we approached the first kelp field John shined the boat lights onto the area most likely to have them and then all of a sudden I saw one. I could not believe the brilliance of these little blue fish. Before long they were everywhere. Some kelp fields had many and some just a few. Others had babies and still others had giant ones. I was riveted to the water and got pretty good in a short amount of time at tracking their flights with my flashlight. Then we turned around at Long Point (the widest part of the island) and turned off all lights as we moved to deeper waters. 
Tracking fish with my flashlight

I was getting into it

Brilliant blue even in the night

Little jewels of the sea

There is nothing like being on the water at night. Its so serene and mysterious. We had a small sliver of a moon that shone brightly and upon occasion we’d see lights from a boat moored off shore or from the lights on shore at various camps and other secluded areas. Finally John turned on his lights and told us to do the same and not only were there tons of Flying Fish but now we had the sea lions involved here too. The sea lions have learned to use the lights of our boat to track the fish and for a short time it was a feeding frenzy as sea lions flew out of the  water with a mouth full of fish. It was incredible! It was as if I was in the middle of a filming for Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel.

A shot to show their incredible fins that allow them to take flight

Just missed it….a sea lion flying out of the water with a mouthful of fish

After a short time john suggested we turn off our lights to stop aiding the sea lions in their feeding frenzy. I was impressed that he didn’t want to abuse his knowledge of the behavior patterns of both prey and aggressor but it was nice knowing the sea lions had a good meal for the night.

Ron tried his best to capture such moments on his camera but trying to capture something at night that happens in a blink of an eye is near impossible however he did get some impressive shots non the less that I am pleased to share with you.

Even more beautiful coming home

A Perfect Night

If any of you come to visit before October when the fish move on until next year I will definitely be taking you on this incredible boat experience. I know I will never take it for granted. I especially want to thank Karen and John for one of the best nights of my life and for working with my mother. You will get a lot of business from me.


Author: sunnyday1266

My name is Rev. Lisa "sunny" Day. I became an Ordained Minister of Walking Prayer through the teachings of The Center for Sacred Studies and The Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This blog is my simple writing of my spiritual journey and my practices. I hope I am never done learning all that the universe has to teach me. As I gather wisdom I merely share them with you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. Walk in Beauty Sunny

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