Gull on official business watching over the sanctuary.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary protects 1,470 square miles of ocean waters around the Northern Channel Islands: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara islands. A special place for endangered species, sensitive habitats, historic shipwrecks, and cultural resources, the sanctuary provides protection through research, education, conservation, and stewardship.

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(Photo: Claire Fackler/NOAA. Image description: A gull resting on a wooden post with a boat in the background by steep cliffs.)

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Tags: birds, wegu?, fun fact: I have anchored my own boat near that cove, just the other side of those rocks in the distance, p sure I've climbed that ladder, b/c I believe this is scorpion anch at santa cruz, need to go back, actually i've got a ticket in march to do the scrub-jay pelagic trip, which is the trip island packers runs every spring, so dumbass birdwatchers, who really need their year and/or life list to include north america's, only island endemic species, can go there and see the island scrub jays.

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