Located close to San Francisco, one of the world’s most recognizable metropolises, there is a series of desolate, fog shrouded, wind and wave-sculpted islands. Known as the “Islands of the Dead” by the Native Miwok, and the “Devil’s Teeth” by Spanish mariners, these islands have a fascinating history of human exploitation, killing and loss. Today, these islands are refuge to hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. A part of the Fish and Wildlife Refuge system, the islands are encircled by the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and are part of the California Marine Protected Area network.
Each Sharktober, we lead public wildlife expeditions into the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Follow our adventures and shark science on our National Geographic Field Notes or join us aboard the Amigo, departing Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.
California Academy of Sciences Farallon Island Web Cam
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (Site)
The Farallon Islands: Sentinels of the Golden Gate, Peter White
Farallon Islands: The Devil’s Teeth, Marla Daily, Santa Cruz Island Foundation
The Devils Teeth, Susan Casey
Sea Birds of The Farallon Islands, David Ainley
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape, Cal Flyn
The Lightkeepers, Abby Geni
FARALLON ISLAND by Russell James
Sanctuary in the Sea, Robert Talbot for NOAA
Devil’s Teeth, Roger Teich