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July 21, 2006

Running with the Grunion

Last week, the Ann Arbor News reprinted this story from the Los Angeles Times about Pomona College students researching the annual grunion run at Laguna Beach. The grunion run is part of Southern California folklore, made famous by an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 (one of the defining television shows of my adolescence). Every night, the Pomona students go out, watch the fish mate, collect the fish and their eggs, and step on them (I didn't quite figure out why). During the day, they count the number of people sitting on the beach to determine the effect of the human presence on the grunion's mating rituals. What could be more fun than spending a summer at Laguna Beach playing with little fish? No wonder Pomona has been rated the happiest college on earth!

Posted by eklanche at July 21, 2006 10:39 AM


Grandma and Grandpa say:

About Grunion runs. Years ago, when we visited you in your Ocean Park
apartment, we often went down to the SM Pier. On the window of one of
the official offices there was posted a sign providing the times of the tides
and grunion runs. Little did we know what that was all about. I thought
it had something to do with catching bait by the fishermen!

About Pomona: Some of the college guides have listed it between
Harvard and Yale as a top academic institution. A "happy" college?

Posted by: eklanche at July 22, 2006 12:07 PM

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