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Old 20 October 2014, 18:51   #11
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Really good video, thanks for posting. Regards Jim
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Here is a good short video about the islands. I was born and raised in this area but never knew about them until last year. Blame my teachers?

The Farallon Islands – "California's Galapagos" | QUEST

Peter_C, definitely, I'm new to boats and the water so more experienced company is always welcome. And if you ever feel the urge for bigger boat to cruise around in at times, you can use this Zodiac anytime. Just 2 conditions: 1, make sure you bring it back with the same amount of gas, and 2, post lots of pics for us.

I will deploy our drone video copter while en route next time for some swell jumping action and whale shots. I will keep it away from the islands though...I dont want to bother the poor birds and make it look like a scene from The Birds.
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The book is good too!

http://www.susancasey.com/the-devils-teeth/
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Interesting. 25 miles into the Pacific - you want to get that right in a small boat. Also interesting islands - crane landing, water traps, solar array, fancy dwellings - what's the lowdown?
No non-scientific people allowed to land, so all that stuff is moot. Getting a permit for scientific research is reportedly pretty difficult as well.

Diving out there is supposed to be pristine. I've never been, but have heard reports from when the commercial dive boats used to make the occasional trip.


Side note to NCP: the guy spotlighted in the book (Peter something-or-other?) was kind of an ass - he was the primary opposition to cage diving off the Farallons. He backed off a bit when it came to light that he was taping and selling footage to the BBC; something that is expressly forbidden in his contract with the Sanctuary. Guy made a ton of money, while using his status as chief scientist to keep everyone else out. In truth, the woman who wrote it sounded kind of wacko as well.

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I was born and raised in this area but never knew about them until last year. Blame my teachers?
I grew up in San Rafael before moving to Santa Rosa, and don't ever remember teachers mentioning the islands either. On the other hand I knew of them since we saw them from the headlands, and also because we would often go salmon fishing and sailing out West.

Choose your days wisely for visiting the Farallon's. I remember this recent accident since we used to sail a 10m Pearson out of Marina Green through most of my teenage years, and made the same trip on a pretty ugly day once. Fortunately the ride home is downhill with the wind at your stern.
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In truth, the woman who wrote it sounded kind of wacko.
Completely agree! But still a good read as I knew very little about the islands before that book prompted some further research.
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This is one of the other video's I was trying to find. I really like this one too.

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Fantastic vid, thanks for sharing, I couldnt agree more with the sentiment.

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That was a great video! Makes me want to get into diving.
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