September 2014 Newsletter
Check out this bizarre fish. The Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) also known as the “spook fish” lives in the darkness of the deep sea. A transparent head which houses it eyes, allows it to look up and detect prey. In addition to their amazing “headgear,” barreleyes have a variety of other interesting adaptations to deep-sea life. Their large, flat fins allow them to remain nearly motionless in the water, and to maneuver very precisely (much like MBARI’s ROVs). Their small mouths suggest that they can be very precise and selective in capturing small prey. On the other hand, their digestive systems are very large, which suggests that they can eat a variety of small drifting animals as well as jellies. In fact, the stomachs of the two net-caught fish contained fragments of jellies.
Check out this video of the Barreleye. MBARI researchers Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler used video taken by unmanned, undersea robots called remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to study barreleye fish in the deep waters just offshore of Central California. At depths of 600 to 800 meters (2,000 to 2,600 feet) below the surface, the ROV cameras typically showed these fish hanging motionless in the water, their eyes glowing a vivid green in the ROV’s bright lights.
Video courtesy of Youtube, Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler
We will be opening earlier in the morning to accommodate for lap swimmers.
The new hours of operation will be:
*Remember to check the swim calendar for pool closures due to private parties
The Swim School will be hosting a date night once a month starting this month and Mom’s Day out Shopping in December. Drop your kids off for a night or afternoon of swimming, pizza and movies. Bring your swim suit & towel for swimming and a pillow & blanket for the movie. Reservation Required.
Minimum Age is 3.
September 19 from 6:00p – 10:00p
October 10th from 6:00p – 10:00p
November 7th from 6:00p – 10:00p
Mom’s Day out Shopping:
December 6th from 10:00a – 2:00p
December 13th from 10:00a – 2:00p
$35 for members and $45 for non-members. Additional Siblings will receive $10 off.
There is really nothing better than fresh fish. Learn the in’s and out’s of spearfishing with an expert Spear-fisherman, Bill Merritt.
Class session will be held on Saturday, September 27th from Noon – 3pm at Gigglin’ Marlin.
Dives will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 10am – 2pm at Lake 288.
Gear not included.