Farallon Islands: Exploring The Mystery Of The Devils Teeth

Water splashing through a jagged pillar of rocks, a place embraced by fog, giving it a certain air of mystery, and providing lurkers with eerie sensations. This description conjures a shoot location for Game of Thrones or a medieval film, but it is more real than that. This is Farallon Islands.

Located off the coast of San Francisco, California, Farallon Islands, or Farallones, is a wildlife refuge. It is home to the largest colony of seabirds in the United States.


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There are more than 400 species of birds in the Farallones. Vagrants, or birds that have gotten lost or blown to the the Farallones, can also be found in the islands.

The origin of the Devils Teeth

Farallon Islands had been nicknamed the Devils Teeth by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1539, and Portuguese mariner Vizcaino in 1591. Ever since, the place has had its peculiarity, not only because of its ambience, but because it has witnessed a lot of disasters and shipwrecks. Sailors avoid the place. The rocky shore and islets have torn down countless of ships, thus creating a watery grave for countless of sailors over the years.

Adding to its already creepy appearance is the danger lurking underwater. The Farallon Islands has become home to marine mammals, including what is called its landlord, a great white shark.


                           Image source: Oceanicsociety.org

The Farallones today

With numerous disasters recorded in the islands, the Farallones are now off limits to humans. The remote island, however, can still be observed from afar. The San Francisco Whale Tours offers whale-watching and natural history tours. People can still see humpbacks lounging offshore, as well as sea lions. Despite its bloodcurdling past, the Farallon Islands is still a sight to behold.

Dr. Russ Lea is an environment leader and entrepreneur. For more topics on research and development for both marine conservation and technological parks, follow this Twitter account.