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Its third and fourth dorsal spines are of equal length, and are approximately twice the length of the second dorsal spine. The upper head of the calico or kelp bass is brownish-olive with yellow spots and the upper back is mottled with characteristic white blotches on a brown background. There are two rows of rectangular white blotches on the back, which easily differentiate it from other members of the bass family.
Located at the edge of the Catalina Casino building, the Casino Point Marine Park is Southern California's first city-designated underwater park. Established in 1965 by the City of Avalon as a reserve, Casino Point Marine Park has an abundance of marine life, giant kelp forests, and several shipwrecks to explore. Several artificial reefs have been established to provide additional habitats.