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There exists at UCSC a small community of spear fishers. Often comprising marine biology students and SCUBA enthusiasts, these aquatic-minded students traverse the California coast in search of rock fish and Perch. Having only heard stories of this, I ventured with recent marine bio graduate Brian Repp up Highway 1 to Greyhound Rock County Park, located just seven miles past Davenport to see for myself. Spear in hand, Brian marches confidently into the foamy surf. The three-pronged spear he carries is propelled like a slingshot and has surgical tubing that stretches across the length of his arm. When released, the tubing flings the spear forward. After several minutes, Brian emerges empty-handed, defeated by the rough, breaking waves. Brian did not catch anything that day, but come calmer waters, he’ll be back, spear in hand.

Graphic by Kora Fortun
Graphic by Kora Fortun
Illustration by Ryan Tran
Illustration by Ryan Tran