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January 23, 2018 - 4:51am
 

Articles by Wade McDonald, For the Islander

So here I am in the beautiful Florida Keys? How on earth did I get here 2,800 miles from home ? Did I swim? Well no, not quite. But in fact wherever the ocean is, Wade is, and since  we arrived here to the American Caribbean safely won’t you grab your trunks and join me for  my daily swim? OK then, vamonos!  

Back in 1976 when I was just a kid my father, mother and brother navigated our Catalina Sailboat out to the “Channel Islands.” I can only now understand the sense of escape my Dad must have been feeling when we embarked on these long salty adventures.

Marine Forecast for this week: Friday–Northwest winds ranging from 5 to 10 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less. West swell 2 to 3 feet. Saturday–Winds variable 10 knots or less. Wind waves 2 feet or less. West swell 2 feet. Pictured above is a kelp bass.

Photo by Wade McDonald

Did you know that Sheephead fish can grow up to 3 feet and can weigh up to 36 pounds? They hunt for food during the day and when night time rolls around they swim into caves and crevices wrapping themselves in a mucus cocoon.

Giant Black Sea Bass were once a common sight along the Southern California Coast and as a direct result of overfishing became nearly extinct by the time the 1970’s rolled around.

In the early 1980s protections were implemented and placed into effect restricting both commercial and recreational killing and taking of this fish.

This extraordinary fish have a life span similar to humans and have been documented to have lived over 75 years, And as far as size and weight?  

Giant Black Sea Bass were once a common sight along the Southern California Coast and as a direct result of overfishing became nearly extinct by the time the 1970’s rolled around.

In the early 1980s protections were implemented and placed into effect restricting both commercial and recreational killing and taking of this fish.

This extraordinary fish have a life span similar to humans and have been documented to have lived over 75 years, And as far as size and weight?  

Fun Facts: Did you know that sheep crabs are the largest species of the California spider crab family? Well they are!  

Fun Facts: Did you know that sheep crabs are the largest species of the California spider crab family? Well they are!