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Grunion Runs
updated: Feb 17, 2014, 2:17 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

It has been a long time since I have seen Grunions. When is the best time of year to see them in Santa Barbara?

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 COMMENT 495616 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 04:29 PM

Based on my experience as a youngster I will guess the grunions "run" during a summer full moon. I recall we camped with other families on the grass at east beach, would go out late in the night, catch some grunion and return to the campfire where they were fried and eaten. Those were some fun days; and nights.


 COMMENT 495619 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 04:49 PM

Check the internet for answers. They list Santa Barbara as one of the better locations. I believe "grunion" is plural.


 COMMENT 495628 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 05:38 PM

Not sure WHEN they run, but the only time i've seen them was in front of the Yacht Club at the breakwater. I think the club's floodlights on the beach made for easy viewing!


 COMMENT 495629 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 05:43 PM

Summer full moons, plus tide.


 COMMENT 495632 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 06:12 PM

Usually the first run is near the first full or new moon around St. Pat's Day, then continues on through summer. This might be of interest:


 COMMENT 495664P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 07:41 AM

Write "grunions" or "grunion" into edhat's search box and you will get pictures from other months. May, June, July, August are what I saw on a quick look.


 COMMENT 495674 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 08:06 AM

March to August. It's fun to volunteer to be a "grunion greeter" and count grunion for research too... plus late night beach picnics while waiting for the grunion are awesome!

If you google grunion greeter and Peperdine you will find the dates and more info


 COMMENT 495728 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 10:15 AM

The Grunion play rugby at Elings Park January through March...check out grunionrugby dot com :)


 COMMENT 495742 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 10:40 AM

Either grunion or grunions is acceptable (and correct) for the plural form.


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