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Exciting Encounters at SST Point!

One of the most exciting aspects of our daily weather observations that take place midday every day is heading towards East Landing to record Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and to collect salinity samples at the aptly named SST Point. While a seemingly straightforward procedure, the position of the point past the landing with the potential

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The Ghost Murre

The Farallon Islands are home to one of the largest aggregations of breeding seabirds in North America south of Alaska, with the Common Murre (Uria aalge) being the most abundant, reaching numbers upwards of 300,000 individuals during the peak breeding season. To the unfamiliar eye, one might look at a murre and mistake it for

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SEFI’s Giant Gray Visitors

Each winter the waters surrounding the Farallon Islands teem with charcoal-colored, behemoth-sized visitors arriving from the north… the Gray Whale!

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Fantastic Find on the Farallones

The crews on the Southeast Farallon Island are used to finding random objects throughout the island since gulls bring many back from the coast, but they weren’t prepared for what they found on February 6th.

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Spring Tides Reveal Intertidal Treasures

We’re not referring to the season spring, but a ‘spring tide.’ This is a term referring to the periods of higher high and lower low tides during new and full moon. There is some really cool stuff in our intertidal!

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Did Somebody Say Sperm Whale?

On the morning of February 2nd, the winter Farallon crew woke up to find quite a surprise… an immature sperm whale had washed ashore on Mirounga Beach!
Warning: There are graphic images in this post containing a deceased animal.

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