Catalina Island, California
It was cold and foggy in the pre-dawn morning as we headed to the Southern California Marine Institute in San Pedro, California. Between lab mates Genoa Sullaway, Tristin McHugh and myself we had enough field gear and food to fill two cars; the three of us were headed to Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles for part of Genoa’s thesis. For the next four days we would be diving out of the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Sciences, USC’s field station. However, before we could start diving, we had to first get to the island.
Although we hit several roadblocks, no one lost faith that we would get to the island before it was too late. There’s never a dull day in the field, it’s what keeps us coming back for more. Thanks to the crew of the Catalina Express for putting up with us and all of our gear.
Stay tuned for more updates about our underwater adventures on Catalina!
-Baron von Urchin
Pike Spector is currently a Research Operations Specialist with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary