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Out on the Oceanside Municipal Pier

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A year ago tonight, I was in Oceanside walking around before the Mud Run race the next morning. I wanted to see what this famed local pier that I read about online:

The historic Oceanside Pier is a prized community resource as well as a monument to its citizens' persistence in seeing that a pier remains a part of its oceanfront recreational facilities. At its current 1,942 feet in length, it remains one of the longest wooden construction recreational piers on the West Coast. From its reach, viewers can peer into the entrance channel of Oceanside Harbor, a 900 + boat recreational marina that sits along the northwest borders of the city.

As I was walking, I came upon what I captured on the above video, put it on YouTube, tagged it with "stingray" and left it at that. It wasn't viewed much or commented on until a stingray killed Steve Irwin. Soon, a few thousand people had seen it and people starting chiming in saying it was a manaray, then a bat ray and then a cownosed ray. Some were angry, some were happy.

And that is that.