Weekend Explorer
Destinations Travel Planner Original Music Meet the host
Home Episode Description Air times Buy the video Contacts Us
Catalina, Calfornia Catalina, Calfornia Catalina, Calfornia Catalina, Calfornia Catalina, Calfornia Catalina, Calfornia
Catalina, Calfornia

Catalina Island , California

Jumping Rock
Interesting facts about Catalina Island;
Physical Facts - geography
Catalina is about 20 miles off the mainland
It is 21 miles long
8 miles at its widest point
Its highest point Mount Orizaba sticks 2,069 feet out of the Pacific Ocean
It has a 54 mile perimeter
The ocean reaches depths of 3,000 feet between the island and the mainland.

Wildlife Facts
On Land

Seal on rock.

The native wildlife includes mule deer, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, ravens, and others. It also includes species that are only found here including the Beechy squirrel and the Catalina Island fox.
86% of the Island is a wildlife sanctuary
Underwater around the island
Fish found in the shallows around the island include Opaleye with their easily identifiable large white spots under their dorsal fin and the motley colored calico or kelp bass . It's also possible to see, bright orange Garibaldi, Leopard sharks and Horned sharks as well as Zebra perch, Half Moons, Sheepshead, a couple varieties of wrass, and even the occasional bird looking for a fish meal.

Catalina Island fox.
I n the nearby Open Ocean
Not far off-shore the abundant wildlife of the Pacific Ocean thrive. A sampling of these include playful dolphin, magnificent grey whales, the awesome marlin that can often be seen jumping out of the water, and the giant tuna that will cause the water to boil when they prey on bait fish.

Catalina Underwater

Calico or Kelp Bass

To really experience Catalina Island you've got to experience its underside. There are exciting experiences to be had on glass bottom boats and semisubmersibles. Getting in the water is even more rewarding. There are numerous types of fish that you can get so close to you think you could almost touch them. The water is relatively warm here, especially in late spring, summer, and early fall. Bringing diving gear is a good idea, but the gear can be easily rented on shore as well.

Sponsored by Nikon Corporation Weekend Explorer
Home | Destinations | Travel Planner | Original Music | Meet the host | Awards
Episode Descriptions | Air Times | Buy the video | Contact Us | Site Credits | BPTV