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July 20, 1927     The Catalina Islander
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PAGE TWELVE THE SUBMARINE GARDENS / THE CATALINA THE MARINE GARDENS, as de- scribed by the eloquent editor of the Parisian journal, "Le Figaro," M. Huret: "Floating over green and blue water in the glass-bottom boats, one sees the goings and comings of aquatic life. The boatman names to you the marine plants and the fish, and tells you the different depths. One is as- 'rounded; one questions; one exclaims! Here are shell-encrusted rocks; fish, red, green and gold, zigzagging leis- urely among the waving foliage, the seaweeds gracefully balancing with the tide; on the clear bottom the sea throws beautiful reflections. Here are real trees with long branches waving as on land by a tempest; great fish of all shapes appear as in an artificial aquarium; the sea stars (st~r fish) :shine in the shadows of the rocks; 'then more luxuriant foliage, branches bearing clusters of fruit resembling the olive. One would think these were fertile fields suddenly submerged by a tempest. Leaning over the transp.r- ncies in the bottom of the boats, the people go into ecstacies." A party of eastern tourists com- mented as follows: "Next to the Grand Canyon, the Catalina marine gardens are the most iv.teresting sight We have seen." The marine gardens are shown by day and by night. In the spring of 1921 J. H. Patrick, president o the Santa Cata- lina Island Company completed experi- ments o~ board the glass bottom boat Empress, which enabled him to show the marine gardens at night. Sixteen, one thousand candle power searchlights were encased in pontoons attached to the side of the vessel, and these lights penetrate into the water for a depth of one hun- dred feet with a radius of two hundred feet. Night time being the time when many varieties of fish feed, the visitors on these trips see many marine wonders on the bed of the ocean as well as the hundreds of different varieties ot vege- tation. THF" CAT&LINA ISLAN~*R Have you paid your. subscription to The Catalina Islander? 3lake us hap- py, too! Thank you. Le I e /lAO IC ISLE Special 4 Course 5:30 to 8:30 Excellent Food / BALL-HARRISON GO. Wholesale Confectionery Fountain Supplies 318 East Fourth Street LONG BEACH J or SPECIAL EXTRA PR OD UC TS "Nature's Best " Are Being Demonstrated at YOU ARE INVITED TO TEST THEIR QUALITY. N Since 1865 / Phone I 50 Hours: 9:30 tO Catalina Confectionery Fe 318 East Fourth LONG BEA fl