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The Common Murres of Tatoosh Island
Olympic Coast

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October 23, 1997 -- Covering an area of 3,310 square miles, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is twice the size of Yosemite National Park. Rocky shores, sandy beaches, kelp forests, and tidepools are just a few of this sanctuary’s diverse range of habitats. It is no wonder that this complex ecosystem is home to a wide variety of animals, including 29 species of marine mammals. It is critical nesting habitat for Common Murre, Brandt’s Cormorant and Peregrine Falcon. Other key species include: Tufted Puffins, Bald Eagles, northern sea otters, Pacific salmon and the world’s largest octopus: the Giant Pacific octopus.

The expedition continues as Radio Expeditions goes for a boat ride to Tatoosh Island -- a sanctuary within a sanctuary -- a place that provides refuge for some of the largest colonies of seabirds in the United States. You can learn about this special island with NPR’s Elizabeth Arnold and bird researcher Julia Parrish.

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Photo: NPR/Radio Expeditions

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