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The Channel Islands provide essential nesting and feeding grounds for 99 percent of southern California's seabirds. Twelve species of seabirds depend on the islands' isolation, food sources, and undisturbed nesting grounds safe from predators. The Islands are home to the only major breeding population of California Brown Pelicans in the U.S. The Islands also have the largest colonies of Cassin's auklet, western gulls, Scripps's murrelets, rhinoceros auklets, tufted puffins, ashy storm-petrels, double-crested cormorants, pigeon guillemots, and black storm-petrels.
This view is from the Island Packers tour boat cruising along the east side of Anacapa Island.

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