The Seal Beach Sea Monkeys
of Seal Beach, California have a long and informal history in their friendly seaside community within easy view of Catalina Island and the Queen Mary harbored in neighboring Long Beach. Since the 1970's when famed Lynne Cox
and Penny Dean
trained from pier and jetty, swimmers from all over Southern California have flocked to the gentle shoreline of Seal Beach. Contemporary swimmers include Hank Wise
, Lexie Kelly
, Pat West
, and Matty Mitchell
The Sea Monkeys regularly swim at 6 am on Thursdays from April to November. Wetsuits are optional, although most of the swimmers tend to swim only with bioprene.