Life on the Northern Channel Islands
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This website is about all of the Northern Channel Islands. If you are interested, we have history about the Birth of Islands, Plants, Islands Animals, Spaniards, Tidepools,Chumash, Global Impact and more. If you would like to read about any of these topics, click any of the images below.
Channel Islands Animal
Here are some facts about the Channel Islands in general.
1. Pacific Gray whales migrate in winter.
2. Other whale species are not by the Channel Islands as much, but you can see them occasionally during the summer when they come to feed.
3. Visitors on whale-watching trips very commonly spot Gray Whales.
4. Boaters and Scuba Divers often see California Sea Lions.
5. Humans donít see Seals and Sea Lions come to the beach to breed.
6. Many different types of seals, including northern Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, northern Fur Seals and Harbor Seals, all breed at Point Bennett.
7. Most of a pinnipedís life is spent on rocks or nearby islands.
8. When seals are on the rocks, they spend their time breeding, giving birth, or resting.
9. The carcasses of dead Seals give Seagulls a nice dinner.
10.The Garibaldiís scientific name is Hypsypops rubicundus.
11.The Garibaldi lives in kelp beds.
12. The Garibaldi is protected from fishing.
13. The Garibaldi lives in the warm water of the Pacific Ocean.
14. The Garibaldi lives mainly in the southern Channel Islands.
15. The Garibaldi is a vibrant orange.
16. Adult Garibaldiís can reach up to 17 inches.
17. Younger Garibaldiís are yellow-orange with blue spots.
18. 23 endemic animals have been found on the Channel Islands.
19. There are around 700 plants and animals on the Islands.
20. The Brown Pelican uses itís feet to incubate itís eggs, by standing on it.
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