Catching some waves at Pacific Beach, sitting up on the board because there was a break between waves. My friend points out and says ‘Oh dude! Check out the dolphins coming in!’. Of course, I paddle out as fast as humanly possible, even though my lats were telling me to stop. The dolphins submerge and I swim out with the board to where I last saw them and sat with my friend searching the blue below us. I look up and between 5 to 10 feet away from me are two pacific bottle-nosed dolphins that surfaced for air and looked at me, then disappeared below us and swam off to the north. I was so stars truck almost I couldn’t even contain my excitement! Probably my best surfing day by far.
Who doesn’t love California, honestly?
The waters are amazing and there is so much protected marine reserves with amazing animals! Guess who loves to go in California water during the winter? This Mermaid.
For some reason I love going in the water in just a swim suit during winter and freezing my buns off. My 5 year old sister tries to do the same, but…. That never works out. I am always the only one in the water, which ,out people would say I’m crazy.
But you can’t separate this girl from the ocean!!
1. While underwater, the weird thing is… Most sharks hate being near you, especially soup fin sharks! Oh man they bolt as soon as they catch any sort of hint you’re near them! There are a couple that won’t move for you to pass through though. Best thing I’ve learned is, for the bigger sharks, get with your buddies and link arms, go to the sea floor (if possible) and stand your ground. This works on most every kind of shark and they really want nothing to do with you unless you have bait!
2. When catching fish underwater, use clove oil! Put some clove oil into a ketchup bottle and squirt it into any crevices or places fish are located! The clove oil, when ‘breathed’ in by the fish will basically make them drunk, unable to move very much! I learned that this is true when I started grabbing drunk fish, I grabbed hold of several juvenile scorpion fish(unknowingly at the time). They did not sting me once! One sting from one of those little suckers would have had me at the ER and ruined my day at the ocean!
3. Male Sheepshead are extremely territorial. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen one before, but they are big, mean, ugly fish with gnarly huge sharp teeth. A word of advice, don’t provoke them!
4. I don’t know what’s better after an hour underwater, Coca-Cola or chips and salsa!
5. Most people have heard of all the crazy dangerous ocean life in exotic places like Australia, the Phillipines, Fiji, Maldives, etc. But don’t forget, there can be dangerous and fragile things in your local oceans too! There is this sea snail located in the eastern Pacific Ocean that has a venomous sting! Please be respectful of all ocean life, no matter what it appears to be.
6. Diving at night. That’s where it’s at.
If you have any questions or concerns or comments about our oceans, please feel free to ask! I love sharing and exchanging knowledge with a passion!
I remember it all. Finding my family, dead. Finding my friends, dead. Finding people, animals, plants, dead. I was certain the Sun had died too. It was so cloudy and dark, I thought it was night time? I love clouds too, but now like this. I looked around, and searched for a survivor. I looked for hours, staying close to where I had placed a flag pole near my family and friends. I couldn’t even recognize where I was, everything was in ruins, crumbling, into mounds of gray and black rubble. Once I realized I was alone, I ran. I ran as fast as I could with all my rage, sadness and fear. I didn’t care where I was going because it didn’t seem like I could go anywhere. I eventually heard waves and my feet hit the sand. What I saw was countless bodies and boulders and bits of ashpalt and cars from where the cliff that once was above me had fallen. My favorite hangout spot was up on that cliff. Wavehouse. Me and my friend… I couldn’t remember her name. Wait. I couldn’t remember my name. I tried to remember what the names of the people I knew were. I couldn’t remember. A horrible rage rushed over me and i started grabbing pieces of rubble and throwing it as hard as I could, grabbing whatever I could. I shut my eyes tight as I turned into a ball of fury throwing things everywhere. When I had had my fill, I opened my eyes, and realized that that white PT Cruiser had been to the right of me. Now it was 500 feet away from me. I looked at the two-door Honda Civic next to me, and grabbed the fender. As I lightly pulled up, the two front two tires were lifting up out of the sand. I yanked the fender up and let go as the car flew 25 feet in the air and landed in the sand 50 feet away from me creating a good sized crater. I looked at my hands. What was even happening? In the midst of the confusion, I started to hear something. It was a very faint whisper, almost. Then I realized it was someone yelling, from about where I found my family. I bolted towards the yell, faster than I had ever run before. I felt, different. Like a new and improved me. As I approached the flag pole, I saw my friend! I couldn’t remember her name, but I remembered her! Running faster than I had ever imagined, I leaped at her. I was so happy to see her alive and well. She didn’t look as thrilled as I did. A look of sheer terror crossed her face as she broke into a fighting stance. As I was about to land on her, she moved out from under me and quickly punched me in the side, knocking the wind out of me. I fell to the ground with a ‘thud’, and she began to approach me. She was about to deliver another powerful blow, I yelled out,”Stop! Why are you doing this to me?! Please stop! Don’t you remember me?!”
“I remember you alright, but no one survived this but me.” She replied.
“I survived! I really did! Please… believe me…”
She paused, and moved her hand towards me. With the wind still knocked out of me, I flinched. She was offering her open hand to help me up. Once up, she looked me and the eyes. She studied me for a while, then began to grin. She opened her arms and hugged me tight for a couple minutes.
“I thought everyone was dead…” She whispered,”I thought I was alone.”
My friend and I (still couldn’t remember her name, and I don’t think she remembered mine) started looking and found both of our families close together. They were sprawled out on the floor. A look on all of their faces that made me want to pass out. I looked at my mom. I saw my sister. I saw my dad. My mother was clutching my sister tightly in her arms, with my sisters face towards my mom. My dad was holding both of them. Their distant screams were tattooed into my memories. They were so helpless. My parents, my superheroes of my life, were helpless. They were trapped and their was nothing I could do to save them. my sister, my five year old sister, must have been so scared. Her crying out for me, her cries for help, still ringing in my head. I wanted to throw up. I gathered my family into my arms and buried my face in between them. Tears were pouring off of my cheeks, onto the sleeves of my dad’s shirt. I cried harder than I had cried ever before. I wished and wished for them to come back. I held them so tight, and started to remember their voices. It seemed I was making up a conversation between my family and I in my head.
“Hi Mom, Dad, Sis..”I thought.
“Hello, are you alright?”My mom replied.
“I am alright, I need you guys. I need you to come back. I would do anything to get you to come back..”
I felt something start to come up and out of my shirt. It was glowing. I started to believe I was dead too. I grabbed the little glass bottle on my necklace that was glowing blue, ad it brought my hand close to my family. It started to spark, like lighting. It wasn’t hurting me, though. Almost immediately as the sparks were emitted, they went straight into my mouth, eyes, ears, and nose. I felt warm inside, and realized the blue electricity was in my bloodstream as I started to feel it and see it being pulled towards my heart. I could tell when it had reached my heart, due to my seizing. I couldn’t see anything, but random blue lines flickering. My friend ran over and shook me hard, and I started to see her face again. When I came to consciousness, I realized I was still holding my family. But, my family was warm. I backed up and questioned whether or not I was hallucinating. In the middle of what seemed like the aftermath of a war, my family started to cough. Their eyes popped open and they all jumped up, with eyes like fire. I couldn’t believe it. I ran towards them and hugged them all.
“Mom! Dad! Sis! I can’t believe it! You have no idea how happy I am to see you!” I squeezed them so hard, and never wanted to let them go.
“I.. can’t.. breathe..” My sister said, gasping for air.
“We were so afraid you were gone too! Once we realized it was over, we wished that you would make it out sa- what’s in your eyes?” My mom said to me. “You have blue specks in your once-brown eyes.”
“I saw the whole thing, she was hugging you guys and crying when all of a sudden this blue lightning stuff absorbed into her, causing her to seize, then you guys sputtered back to life.” My friend explained. Then it clicked. The blue-whatever-it’s-called was now part of me, and something about it had brought my family back to life.
“Hang on.” I walked over to where my friend’s family was laying, and held her mom, dad, and brother and concentrated, and started having a mental conversation with them for a few seconds. In no time, they started coughing and sitting up. My friend bolted over to her family at a speed I have never seen before.
“Mom! Dad!” She shouted. They held each other for a long while, and in that moment, being together, everything seemed like it would turn out alright. Little did we know what journey our destinies would be leading us on.
Man I’m getting so excited for fall and winter because that’s when orca’s come around!! But… It’s not even getting cold yet… It’s still relatively hot and that’s just not cool. But here are some things to get excited for coming this fall and winter in San Diego!!
San Diego is a year-round travel destination offering a plethora of annual events. No matter what time of year, visitors can travel to San Diego and find an extraordinary range of colorful street festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, specialty fairs and much more. For up-to-the-minute event listings and changes, visit http://www.sandiego.org/eventcalendar.
The exploration of the U.S. West Coast by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 is commemorated at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. http://www.cabrillofestival.org
32nd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
One of the largest free music street fairs in California, the event features over 70 live musical acts, held on six stages, along with three beer gardens, giant carnival rides and 300 craft and food vendors. http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com
San Diego Film Festival
This annual festival offers a fresh take on film premieres, featuring American and international features, thought-provoking documentaries, short films and music videos. http://www.sdff.org
Oktoberfest in La Mesa
This traditional German celebration features dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths in the San Diego East County city of La Mesa. http://www.lmvma.com
MCAS Miramar Air Show
This award-winning, world-class air show features the best military and civilian pilots in the world, including the U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels. http://www.miramarairshow.com
Julian Apple Days Festival
This two-day festival at Menghini Winery in Julian features music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games, gold panning demonstrations, apple-related contests and more. http://www.julianappledays.com
19th Annual Little Italy FESTA!
This colorful Italian celebration features music, fine food and “Gesso Italiano,” a traditional Italian street-painting festival, held in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. littleitalysd.com
Oct. (Dates TBA)
48th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival
Weekend activities include arts and crafts, a parade and the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant in the East County desert town of Borrego Springs. http://www.borregospringschamber.com/BorregoDays
November – December
Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
This annual holiday musical jumps right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the stage of The Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park. http://www.oldglobe.org
San Diego Beer Week
Hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. sdbw.org
14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
The largest exhibition of Asian-American and Asian cinema in North America presents films, videos and workshops that celebrate the work of Asian artists from around the world. Screenings are held at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in Hazard Center and showcase feature films, shorts and animation. pac-arts.org/exhibitions/film-festival
10th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Wine and food enthusiasts gather for this five-day event, the region’s largest wine and culinary extravaganza, held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego. http://www.worldofwineevents.com
Annual Mother Goose Parade
San Diego East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration features celebrity appearances, whimsical floats, clowns, bands, equestrians and more. http://www.mothergooseparade.org
Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
A jazz celebration that lasts throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, the festival features world-class bands at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. http://www.dixielandjazzfestival.org
November – January
Holiday of Lights at Del Mar
The public is invited to drive their cars around the infield racetrack of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar to view more than 350 dazzling holiday light displays. http://www.holidayoflights.com
December – April
The majestic California gray whales make their annual migration from the Arctic waters to the warm lagoons in the Gulf of California for breeding. These “peaceful giants of the sea” come within miles of San Diego’s coastline and can be viewed on daily whale watching excursions and from Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. sandiego.org/whale-watching
Dec. (Dates TBA)
La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
Marching bands, floats, equestrians, vintage automobiles and more parade down the streets of La Jolla. The parade ends with a holiday festival featuring craft booths, carnival rides, food, entertainment and a tree lighting ceremony. http://www.ljparade.com
Balboa Park December Nights
This celebration of the holiday season is the largest free community festival in San Diego and features foods and crafts from around the world, music and events in Balboa Park’s diverse museums. http://www.balboapark.org
Dec. 8 & 15
42nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
This colorfully unique San Diego holiday tradition features more than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights, sailing along the waters of San Diego Bay. http://www.sdparadeoflights.org
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego’s annual pre-Christmas bowl game is played at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley and matches teams from the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conferences. The nationally recognized event features all the pomp and circumstance of a major college post-season football game. http://www.poinsettiabowl.com
Big Bay Balloon Parade and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
A popular parade along downtown San Diego’s waterfront is followed by a major college bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, featuring teams from the Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences. The exciting gridiron action is augmented by spectacular pregame and halftime pageantry. http://www.holidaybowl.com
Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at http://www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.
Here are a few tips from Mermaid to Mermaid;
1. Do not try to befriend sharks, they are best to be left alone as they don’t have the mental capacity to know you’re not a threat apparently. If you’re being attacked, and I know this isn’t ‘humane’, but when you’re in danger, punch for their eyes/nose (sensitive spots).
2. When lost underwater, wait a near the surface to tell which way the sun is setting/ rising to know your directions.
3. Do not hang around male dolphins during breeding season. They play this game where they hit each other for dominance. I guess they see me as a threat.
4. Stay out of shark territory dusk and dawn as it is when they are most active, and they hunt more.
5. If you see a stranded animal/ an animal injured, call for help, I know you want to help, but most of the time you could end up accidentally hurting the animal more!