Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Farallon Islands - Northern California's Secret Wildlife Refuge

I knew nothing about the Farallon Islands until Lynn recommended a book to me - one whose name I cannot remember (perhaps she will put it in the comments section). It was a story about the scientists who spend a year or two on the Islands. There are only a few of these temporary residents allowed, and they are housed in old whaling homes.

The Farallon Islands are significant in biodiversity and are in the cold current near San Francisco. Look at these stats.

The islands are particularly important to the "Northern Fur Seal." These seals were nearly wiped out from hunting for fur in the 1800s and early 1900s. A single pup was born on the islands in 1970. Today, about 100 fur seal pups are born here a year. They coexist with California Sea Lions in the breeding areas.

Fur Seals and Sea Lions both feast on the rich waters around the islands.

update: I remember the book now

1 comment:

  1. If I recommended it I must have liked it but I don't remember the title either.


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