Last night and for the next three nights, our Southern California beaches will see a unique phenomenon - the grunion run.
Grunion are small silvery fish that would otherwise be invisible if not for their reproductive habits. Between the months of March and September, during high tide of the full or new moon, the grunion swim up on the sandy beach to spawn by the thousands.
It's hard to predict what beach they'll choose each time, but generally they prefer wide sandy beaches that are secluded and dark. So, without much of a plan, last night we drove down to Castle Rock beach, just off Pacific Coast Highway on our morning commute. With a couple of warm blankets, we huddled on the sand, watching the waves beneath the full moon.
Alas, after a prolonged wait, no grunion graced our beach.
But we enjoyed the night air, and the light of the full moon on the waves.
Three more nights of this cycle's grunion run - perhaps I'll try again!