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At Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, all creatures small and smaller

Oct. 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM ET

Eric Risberg / AP /
A Burrowing Owl.
Eric Risberg / AP /
A brown house mouse at the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge in California.
Eric Risberg / AP /
An Ashy Storm Petrel chick. The seabird species is endangered.
Eric Risberg / AP /
A Farallon arboreal salamander. They are the only vertebrates who inhabit the South Farallon Islands year-round.
Eric Risberg / AP /
Southeast Farallon Island. The Farallon Islands lie off the coast of San Francisco.

Eric Risberg of the Associated Press did a nice job photographing The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge  in California. This chain of small rock islands that jut sharply out of the Pacific Ocean 7 miles west of San Francisco is known as “California's Galapagos” for its abundance of squawking seabirds, barking sea lions and great white sharks.

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