Farallon Islands: The Galapagos of California

  • Golden Gate Bridge, Bay view

    Golden Gate Bridge, Bay view

    A great way to see the Golden Gate Bridge on its 75th anniversary is on a trip to the Farralons.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Golden Gate Bridge, South Tower

    Golden Gate Bridge, South Tower

    One of the highlights of a trip to the Farallons is floating underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Golden Gate Bridge, Underneath

    Golden Gate Bridge, Underneath

    The Golden Gate Bridge is constantly being painted its famous rusty red because of the erosive, salty air.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific View

    Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific View

    Once you're past the Golden Gate Bridge, you're out of the bay and into the open ocean. Point Bonita Light House is your last shot of civilization for quite a while...!

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Humpback Whale, Shallow dive

    Humpback Whale, Shallow dive

    Humpback whales can be spotted along the Northern California coast from May through November. If you see a tail that's not quite perpendicular to the water, the whale should come up again soon for air. Have your camera ready!

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Humpback Whale, Deep Dive

    Humpback Whale, Deep Dive

    Once a humpback fills up with air, its tail will shoot straight up as it launches down for a long deep dive.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Farallon Islands

    Farallon Islands

    The Farallon Islands are a haven for seabirds, including petrels, cormorants, gulls and murres. And great white sharks patrol these waters, too.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Farallon Islands

    Farallon Islands

    Located near  the edge of the continental shelf, the Farallons are known as the "Galapagos of California" because of its rich diversity of sea life.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

  • Farallon Islands

    Farallon Islands

    The buildings on the Farallons house scientists who continue to study the Farallon Islands. For example, researchers from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory keep a close count on the many species of birds.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy

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