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On the Water Flying Fish Re-Visited CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS We had a great Flying Fish Festival weekend. The weather was typically delightful and the visitors came to enjoy our ceremo- ny to welcome the flying fish back to Catalina Is- land. I got booth duty, it is not my favorite task, but it was enlightening. Do you know why flying fish fly? It is interesting to view the changes in our booth and booth strategy over the years. Barbara Sherman of High Tide Traders has had a front row seat to this evolution. She has been gra- cious enough to allow us to store our stuff in the front of her store on Saturday night so we do not have to lug it all back and forth each day. Our first flying fish booth was a microcosm of our Afishinados Gallery store, where we have ar- guably the world's largest collec- tion of flying fish art. We tried to "represent" the store within the booth. I think we sold about $50 worth of-shirts that year and broke maybe $350 worth John King Columnist With Capt John King of fish art in the process of build- ing our display. Over the years we have down- cycled the effort. This year I was completely in charge of the booth and Kar- en stayed in the store. Barbara had a good laugh as we broke down the booth after day one and barely made a dent in her store with our stuff. We still sold about $50 worth of t-shirts and we only broke one $8 flying fish glass ornament. I consider that a success! The big draw to our booth was a couple of real-life, freshly-cap- tured, barely-thawed flying fish on ice. Those fish were the star at- traction in over 100 pictures each day: Pictures of kids holding fly- ers, pictUres of grannies holding flyers, pictures of hotties holding flyers and even a picture with a dog holding a flyer. Visitors have a lot of questions about these amazing creatures. Most get answered on our Flying Fish tours, however, not everyone gets a chance to go with us, so I have decided to answer a few of the most commonly asked ques- AqROYO tions within my column. Here are a few: Why are the tours run at night? a. Because flying fish react to our lights b. To make the tour more mysterious c. Because there is less competition at night d. Because the fish spawn at night Are flying fish edible? Yes, they are eaten in various places around the world. I have eaten our local flying fish and they are delicious as sushi, however there are too many bones to make them commercially viable. They are eaten in Barbados, but the fly- ers there are much smaller and they are eaten like sardines, bones and all. Do they really fly? They do not flap their fins, but they do use their tail for propul- sion and then they flare two sets of fins that act like wings. Flyers can continue their flight without re-entering the water by touching just the bottom half of their tails to the water and re-energizing their flight with a burst of speed. So, yes they do fly in the same sense that an airplane flies, the fish just do not go very high above the wa- ter. Are there as many today as there were when I was a kid? Maybe not, however, there are thousands of them in spawn mode around our island right now. We have run 15 tours this year and have seen hundreds each night, and more than a thousand on at least :three of the trips so far thi's year. We are seeing larger num- bers every night this year, so I do not think we have peaked. Are flying fish found else- where? Flying fish are found in vei00icie N0ise Te s(ing .... for retesting and late vehicles as part of the annual Vehicle Registration Exocoetidae Catalina Flying Fish nearly every ocean in the world, and are most abundant in warmer water oceans. Catalina's flying fish are the gargantuan of the 64 species of flying fish. Flying fish average maybe 4-5 inches, how- ever ours range from 14 -18 inches in length, so they are not only the largest, they are outlandishly large for their species. How far can they fly? I have seen our flyers cover a couple of hundred yards in flights lasting 15 - 20 seconds, but that is not nearly the record. Shirley Davy From page 1 during the Great Depression, yet always managed to help out her family by working after school and on weekends. Like many of her fellow members of the Greatest Generation, the hard times of the Depression forged a work ethic that stayed with her throughout her life. After graduating with straight- A's from East Wichita High School, she and a girlfriend headed west to Southern California. Davy moved to Catalina after marrying a-man she met while working as a dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Schools on the mainland. "One time while Will breoCOn d u0000t00l00l00dayp00nings THE QUALIl{ OF UFE N AVALON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Vehicles that do not pass Vehicle Noise Testing will have until SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pass without penalty. , Vehicles that do not pass can return during testing times for retesting with no penalty and will receive the City permit upon passing at the standard cost: $29. Late vehicles fee: $25. Decibel Standards: VEHICLES 6,000 Ibs OR GREATER MOTORCYCLES ALL OTHER VEHICLES (incL AUTOETTES, aka. GOLF CARTS) 82 dB 77 dB 74 dB  FOR MORE INFORMATION: AMC Sec. 4-4.1713 i# Visit i|   | Contact Avalon City Hail: 310-510-0220 i .,,=1.i Email Jordan Monroe, Management Aide: ij ONE STEP AT A TIME - GOALS IN MIND INTENTIONAL DESIGN ................................................................................................................................................... A film crew in Japan captured a 45 second flight by a flying fish estimated at covering nearly a half mile. Why do flying fish fly? a. Because they can b. To impress their girlfriends c. To avoid predation d. All of the above Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888-613-7770 or john @afishina- Multiple choice answers are a/d and c. dancing with my friends, I met a guy from over here on Catalina," she told the Islander. "I danced with him and ended up marrying him." Davy initially worked locally for the Wrigley Company and the Santa Catalina Island Company writing ad copy for newspapers. It was while working that job that Davy made the transition to City Clerk. One day, her boss approached her and informed her that the regular city clerk had to go to the mainland. Her boss told her that he felt she would be the perfect replacement for the absent clerk. The original clerk eventually left the position early and Davy was appointed to complete the clerk's term in office. She enjoyed the job immensely and in 1964, during the next elec- tion cycle, she ran for the office. She was elected and held it for the next 43 years, retiring in August 2007. During her long career with the City, she also worked with the Catalina Island Chamber of' Commerce as film liaison. "Anytime there were people who wanted to shoot a TV commercial or movie scene on the Island, I acted as the liaison between them and the City and helped with the necessary permits and other Shjirley Davy, Page 5 Before you go back to the mainland... Subscribe today. P.O. Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-0500 Fax (310) 510-2882