Worth the struggle • Earth.com Worth the struggle

That journey, it seems, was plagued by seasickness and icy winds – conditions that must have plagued visitors to the Farallones for centuries. But according to Tsui, there was plenty to make the trip worthwhile. On the way out, the passengers followed in the wake of humpback whales, before spotting rare sea birds and elephant seals on the islands themselves. Photo Credit: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

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