Looking out from the beaches of Santa Barbara County you are able to see a few of the Channel Islands in the distance. The Santa Barbara Channel has been called the Galapogos of North America because the plants and animals found here are known only to these isolated islands.
The islands, accessible only by boat or airplane, are protected by many locally based non-profits which safeguard and defend them. Many explorers, scientists and historians have visited these islands over the past few centuries. Each island has a long and interesting history – you can read and see more here
Enjoy these photos taken by Lucy on a trip to Santa Cruz Island!
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