Hundreds of thousands of birds flock to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to feed in the sanctuary’s rich waters and nest in the rocky Farallon Islands. Among them is the common murre, the most abundant breeding seabird in northern and central California. These penguin-like birds nest close together on slopes and cliffs.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Uria aalge
DIET: Primarily small fish and krill; also squid and marine worms
WINGSPAN: Average 26 inches
CLUTCH SIZE: 1 egg
THREATS: Oil spills, fishing bycatch, human disturbance
FUN FACT: Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Seabird Protection Network helps boaters, hikers, paddlers, and aviators keep seabirds safe.