It’s Sharktober! Join Director David McGuire, and other naturalists celebrating sharks in a life changing experience searching the Gulf of the Farallons for whales, wildlife and our finny friends. Join us on the vessel Outer Limits exiting Sausalito for amazing education and photo opportunities 28 miles across the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary on a wildlife expedition.
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The Farralones Islands
Called the Devils Teeth by ancient mariners, these rugged, remote rocky islands host some of the most abundant and diverse marine life in the world.
Several species of cetaceans are found near the Farallon Islands, most frequently gray whales, blue whales, and humpback whales. Five species of pinniped come to shore on the islands, and in some cases breed. These are the northern elephant seal, harbor seal,Steller’s sea lion, California sea lion, and the northern fur seal (the last of which, like the Rhinoceros Auklet, began to return to the island again after protection).
Now part of the Fish and Wildlife system, the Farallon Islands are an important reserve protecting a huge seabird colony. The islands’ position in the highly productive California Current and Eastern Pacific upwelling region, as well as the absence of other large islands that would provide suitable nesting grounds, result in a seabird population of over 250,000. Twelve species of seabird and shorebird nest on the islands; Western Gull,Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot,Common Murre, Cassin’s Auklet, Tufted Puffin, Black Oystercatcher, Rhinoceros Auklet,Ashy Storm-petrel, and Leach’s Storm-petrel.