After suffering huge population depletions due to the fur trade in the early 1800s, five species of seals and sea lions are now thriving on the islands’ shores, including the northern elephant seal, harbor seal, Steller’s sea lion, California sea lion, and the northern fur seal. About Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in San Francisco in 1969. Numbers of the seals are rising at the Farallon Islands but dropping at the Pribilof Islands, an established breeding ground. Their fur color ranges from reddish brown to black. Colonies of relatively modest size are also established on several islands in Russian territorial waters. The beautiful coastal waters just south of San Francisco provided great fishing and adventure on every trip, especially when venturing to the Farallon Islands. The Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge near San Francisco, California, USA, as seen from the sea. Michael Pierson / San Francisco Whale Tours Show More Show Less. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public meeting about its proposal to eradicate invasive mice on the Farallon Islands, it faced pointed questions about the