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In the News~

June 5, 1886 [SBDI]: “A short note was read from the pen of Dr. L. G. Yates on the Velleadoe or jelly fish now in abundance on our beach.”

June 16, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Sebastian Larco caught a beautiful specimen of jelly fish alongside the Oregon this morning. It was taken on board, where it was the center of a curious crowd for awhile, then it was put back into the water. The colors were deep purple and very light blue and the shape was that of an extended parasol.”

April 12, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Those who have been out on the channel during the last ten days report having seen millions of the tiny sea craft known as the Portuguese man-of-war. As a regular thing these tiny vessels resembling in appearance both the animal and vegetable kingdom, appear off shore at this time of year in very large numbers. This year the school is almost five miles off shore, and one sloop reports having run through them for a distance of three miles. Each little fish shows a tiny sail above the water, and the sight is a remarkable one. Should a slight sea or a wind come up, the beach will be covered with these little jelly-like fish.”

April 4, 1903 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The waters about Catalina are constantly yielding up new and curious forms of marine life. Yesterday Vincente Moricich, while fishing for barracuda with nets several miles out in the channel, discovered an entirely new form of jellyfish, so far as his observation runs, and having spent his entire life on the water engaged in fishing, and being of an observing turn of mind, he is always on the lookout for new things. These specimens were like inflated bladders, measuring ten to twelve inches in length, and from two and one-half to three inches in diameter, and would have been entirely transparent but for being flecked over with brownish spots. Vincent brought three of the queer things home, and laid them out on a board. When he remembered them a few hours later, there remained nothing of them except a bit of brownish flecked skin, as thin as tissue paper, and but for the eyes, cold never have been identified as the jellyfish, which had been placed there.”

February 3, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. Passengers on the Hermosa on the return trip to San Pedro yesterday were treated to the sight of a great school of whales disporting in close proximity to the steamer. There were more than a hundred of the leviathans and they seemed to be feeding on a lot of jellyfish that abounded in the vicinity at the time.”

February 9, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The variety of jellyfishes seems endless. Every few days someone brings in a new form. Some are colorless and almost formless, but many are most artistically and beautifully colored. The latest specimen now at the aquarium, in addition to its brilliant coloring, is peculiar in that it keeps a pump in operation which causes a flow of water to pass around its sides at a rate which must mean four or five miles an hour. The fish is flat and has something of the shape of a large Indian arrowhead. Around the outer edge is a band of the brightest royal purple, which changes its hue with a change of the viewpoint. In the center of its anatomy is a little duct reaching from stern to stern, which is a genuine kaleidoscope and shows about all the colors in the rainbow, viewed from different points. It is a sure enough novelty.”

August 30, 1904 [SBMP]: “A new creature resembling a jelly fish and a star fish has lately made its appearance on the surface of the ocean several miles out from the shore. It is the shape of a gherkin cucumber with a soft shell. Several will be on exhibition in the Press window today.”

April 15, 1905 [SBMP]: “The presence of a large number of jelly fish of the variety known only in this channel is noted by boating parties. Captain Gourley recently captured a small one which is now in captivity on the pleasure wharf.”

February 22, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain George W. Gourley has made an important discovery that jellyfish are attracted by sound. He has noticed that for some days that there has been a school of these fish about the whistling buoy, and there is no other explanation except that they are drawn there by the dismal moans of this musical instrument. There are some unusually fine specimens of these interesting marine animals in the water at the present time.”

April 15, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Gourley reports sighting a vast school of jellyfish yesterday morning off the Hope Ranch; apparently several thousand of them, some eight or ten feet in length. Several of the smaller specimens were brought in and are now at the boathouse.

June 22, 1906 [SBI]: “Captain George Gourley reports the existence of a most remarkable condition in the channel, just outside the kelp line, off this city. He states that for a distance of fully four miles along the coast, the surface of the water is literally alive with boating jellyfish of all sizes and colors.”

June 23, 1906 [SBMP]: “Boatmen report that large numbers of jellyfish of different sizes, colors and varieties have come to the surface of the water in the channel just outside of the kelp line. For a distance of several miles the water is dotted with them.”