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Weather From page 1 to catch a breath. It was an exciting experience for each of us to see it, and one that has only happened to me about four times in 16 years of diving regularly in these waters. For the past'coupleyears, large disk shaped Opah fish have been caught by fishermen near Catalina. Opah are usually considered tropi- cal species, yet have found their way here in enoflgh numbers to wind up on the end of a line, because after all, the odds of hooking the only Opah swimming locally is pretty remote. About eight years ago shallow reefs along Pebbly Beach became temporary homes to thousands of Arrow Crabs, without question a tropical animal. They only lasted here several months in summer, long enough for the local Sheep- head fish to discover they were easy to eat, the small fragile crab having no defense against big teeth! They almost certainly arrived in Catalina waters by floating as plankton in warm current while in their micro- scopic larval stage. Only a week ago a Humpback whtle, !believed tO be from Antarc- tic tea v offthe shores of Madagascar in Africa. Earlier this summer, a Gray whale from Baja Mexico migrated along the western coast of North America and because of climate conditions which has opened up arctic sea ice at the Pole, was able to find passage over the top of the planet and relax for awhile in the Mediterranean Sea. Annual :and weltablhk:c-pe ,: cords of these animals provided the positive identifications. Aside from human beings, these PUBUSHER - DAN TECKENOFF DAN@CINEWS.US EDITOR - DENNIS KAISER OS - ANGELA PALM TECKENOFF ANGELA@CINEWS.US ACCOUNTING - ALISON CARTER ACTG@SUNNEWS.ORG ADVERTISING: DISPLAY DAN@CINEWS.US CLASSIFIEDS & CLASSIFIED DISPLAY, LEGAL ANGELA@CINEWS.US SUBSCRIPTIONS ANGELA@CINEWS.US EDITORIAL: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - ED@CINEWS.US OBITUARIES, WEDDING / ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS - ANGELA@ CINEWS.US (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 per- . iodicals postage pad at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date Of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Nan of Newspaper as lll  shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue. #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion Without written consent of the publisher. This publication Is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Clt'P0000ISglIID00 Though a green turtle was observed recently - off Pebbly Beach, they are typically found in :trop- ical waters as seen here. two examples are now regarded as the longest mammalian migratory journeys ever recorded! So what's going on? Out of sea- son visitors, wild migratory behav- iors, it's hard to say with certainty, but maybe these occurrences aren't all that much out of the ordinary, just so long as we can truly deter- mine what ordinary is. If you con- sider things on the short term, as in an annual or bi-annual cycle, then anything that occurs slightly dif- ferent within that time frame might seem out of the ordinary. However, maybe some cycles occur over much longer periods of time, and unless we have a long-term base- line to monitor those occurrences it's awfully difficult to say with certainty what is unusual within them. What we can say is that these types of things don't happen oftenenoug h to be considered rou- fine seasonal occurrences, and for us that can make them special and very interesting to see. Longer cycles may.be even more itSting to study because so many variables come into play. Whenever discussing biologic pro- cesses there are typically some very ,fundamental aspects that dictate or govern behaviors or trends dis= played by living things. Reproduc- tion is a main driver, as is secur- ing nourishment, and a beneficial environment to exist within which will provide a chance for the first two mentioned to take place. For animals, these factors are what create both massive and in- dividual migrations both on land and in the oceans, and anyone who says that every single thing is un- derstood about any of them is fool- ing not just you but themselves as well. We may know a lot about some things, but we Will forever be treated with surprises when it comes to understanding life and its complexities on this planet. Maybe what we should try to do is pay close attention in order fo learn and discover as much as possible about how things behave and live, so that we can continue to enjoy those moments of surprise, to try to understand what signals or messages may be trying to reach and teach us so that we can live in a more harmonious balance with all other living things which share this place we all call home. CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB From Casual to Elegant Modern American Cuisine Seasonal Drinks Full Premium Bar & Extensive Wine Selection JOIN US FOR SUNDAY & MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IN THE PUB Call for Reservations 310.510.7404 Open Thursday through Monday 4:00PM - close 4 And the mayor said what...? CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM ANNOUNCES RENOVATION Visitors will see a significantly different Catalina Island Museum when its doors open for the 2011 exhibition season in February. Museum Executive Director Dr. Michael De Marsche recently an- nounced that the museum is entering a period of"ambitious change," and the facility located in the Avalon Casino is being renovated and readied for a new exhibition season. "The museum has needed significant repair work for some time now and we decided to take this time to renovate every inch of the museum's facility," De Marsche said. "We'll be expanding the museum shop, redesigning the galler- ies, installing new exhibitions and taking advantage of the new tech- nologies available to museums today. We wa/lt to serve the Avalon community better and attract a larger and more diverse audience. We want to become more interesting and dynamic, especially to today's younger viewer." The renovation, which wilt begin in early November and last through January, will require that the museum close for three months. "Our renovation will be so extensive that we simply couldn't re- main open," De Marsche said. "But this is traditionally the slowest part of the year for us, so we're hoping that few, if any, of our patrons will be inconvenienced. We do believe, however, that it will'be worth it, especially when the public comes in and sees a new and very mod- em facility that is exhibiting its collection far more effectively." Another benefit of the museum's renovation is that it will allow the Catalina Island Museum to change its exhibitions more frequently. When the museum re-opens on Feb. 5 the public will see the first of four "special" exhibitions planned for 2011. "We will always devote a significant portion of our exhibition space to telling the story of Catalina Island," De Marsche said. "That re- mains at the heart of our mission. But the renovation will allow us to do what we've never done before. We've created a new exhibition space devoted to exhibitions that are not permanently installed but are either traveling to the Island from other museums or have been orga- nized from our own archive. These exhibitions will rotate in and out of the museum frequently, so visitors can always expect something new and exciting at the museum." Page 2 Friday, October 29, 2010 The CATALINA ISLANDER