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Arboreal Salamander

Birds, marine mammals, and plants are not the only wildlife that occurs on the islands. An arboreal salamander (that interestingly does not live in trees on the Farallons), crickets, beetles, and other invertebrates are year round residents. The island is visited by traveling butterflies, dragonflies, and bats. Studies of the transient bats are in the early stages. Non-native house mice are also found on the island, to the detriment of nesting birds and native plants.

White sharks are found in the waters around the island, feeding on seals and sea lions. Research identifying individual by scars and markings along with a project using satellite relay tags is helping scientists better understand white sharks. Evidence analyzed by Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly known as PRBO Conservation Science) biologists revealed that many sharks tagged at the Farallons appear to head to Hawaii after leaving the Farallons.  They then travel to the southern coast of Mexico before returning to the island. 
Page Photo Credits — Arboreal Salamander/Bryan White
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2013
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