My final trip with the Caltech Alpine Club -- after 5 years, I finally made
the trip just off the Southern California coast to Caltalina Island.

MPEGs to come soon -- Try the AVI links if you're feeling lucky (and have Quicktime).

Swimming with the leopard sharks.

We heard they weren't too dangerous, but they are wild animals, afterall.

They're pretty graceful for looking so mean.

A movie of the graceful beast.
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Lot's of sharks. The last guy seemed more afraid of me than I was of him.
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A plastic bag, sharks, and small fish, all living in harmony.
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Angie with the sharks.
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A close-up of one of my new friends.

A couple guys swimming by.
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Heading in closer to the breeding grounds.

A tasty morsel of shark food.

One more picture before heading back to the safety of land.

Something really startled this guy.
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Lot's of appetizers.

These guys were tiny, but schooled well.

Lot's of little guys.

Eventually, the kayakers joined us hikers (bush-whackers?) and saw some
sharks, too.

Looking down at where we were just swimming.

I guess we were lucky they weren't hungry.

You'd think they'd get hungry just swimming around all day.
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...because buffalo are just begging to be "annoyed."

Buffalo teach their young early that campgrounds are good grazing zones.

Buffalo don't make for very exciting movies. I wouldn't want to annoy them by.
leaving them out, though.
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Another shot of the not-so-native wildlife.

These guys just blend right into their surroundings.

Grazing on the grassland.

Angie and I, getting ready to head back to the mainland.

If you look really closely, there are two splashes of water out there. The
dolphins were trying to keep up with our boat, but couldn't quite do it.
So, instead they started shooting themselves out of the water to try (to no
avail) to get our attention.

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