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Check out the Farallon Islands via cool new HD webcam

Restricted wildlife area is now available 24/7

Ever yearn to see a tufted puffin without having to swim out to the Farallon Islands? See a sea otter? Gaze upon a grey whale? Well, you could quite possible see these creatures and more care of the new high-def webcam perched over on the Farallon Islands.

For those not in the know, the Farallon Islands, a restricted bastion of wildlife, are located 30 miles west of the San Francisco coastline and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"Because of the important and sensitive seabird and mammal populations that use the Farallones as breeding grounds, the islands are not open to the public," notes the Academy of Sciences. "They are accessed only by a small number of wildlife biologists and resource managers."

Until now.

Today you can check out what’s happening on the islands’ jagged rocks and shoreline.

Per the Academy, here are some of the species you might see:

What to watch for:

Year-round: California sea lions, Western Gulls, beautiful island landscapes

December–February: breeding elephant seal colonies

March–August: breeding seabirds

September–November: transient wildlife like migratory birds, whales, and great white sharks


Cassin's Auklet*

Rhinoceros Auklet*

Ashy Storm-Petrel*

Western Gull

Brandt's Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Tufted Puffin

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Black Oystercatcher

Marine Mammals

Steller Sea Lion

California Sea Lion

Northern Elephant Seal

Harbor Seal

Northern Fur Seal

Humpback Whale

Gray Whale

Blue Whale

* nocturnal species

Here’s the live webcam. Enjoy!