December7 0n Live with Regis and Kelly . guest co-host Ted McGinley stated. “I’ve never seen a grunion, although I have tried... so I don’t believe they really exist”
Participating in a grunion run is an experience unique mostly to southern Californians. These fish exhibit remarkable reproductive behavior.
* Grunion are small silvery fish averaging 5-6" in length found primarily along the coast of southern California.
* Grunion come completely out of the water to lay their eggs in the wet sand on the beach.
* Spawning occurs at night primarily from March through August; there is a "no-take" season from March-May.
* Spawning typically occurs for 3-4 nights following the highest tide associated with a full or new moon (twice per month); spawning lasts for about 1-3 hours
after the high tide.
* Grunion eggs are initially deposited 2-3" below the surface of the sand; the outgoing tide covers them 8-16" deep.
Eggs hatch after about 10 days—they are "freed" from sand by the next series of high tides; the baby grunion hatch 2-3 minutes later and are then washed out to sea.
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