Wildlife thrives on the Farallon Islands — for now
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Wildlife thrives on the Farallon Islands — for now

Waves crash ashore on one of the Farallon Islands about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

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Thousands of birds live on the Farallon Islands, 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

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Thousands of birds live on the Farallon Islands, 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

 (Josh Edelson / For The Times)

Visitors view a section of the Farallon Islands from a whale-watching tour boat about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

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A sign identifies the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge.

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A researcher (in orange) is one of the only people living on the Farallon Islands, about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

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A building on one of the Farallon Islands, about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

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A rock arch in the Farallon Islands, 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

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Sea Lions climb on one of the Farallon Islands, about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

 (Josh Edelson / For The Times)

A whale plunges into the ocean about halfway between San Francisco and the Farallon Islands.

 (Josh Edelson / For The Times)
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