Biologists at the Farallones, a group of islands 27 west of the Golden Gate Bridge, have been documenting more than just endangered birds and sea life. According to a fascinating article in penned by Carolyn Jones at The Chronicle, the scientists have also been logging their dreams, "which tend to be eerily similar."
Whether stationed there for a few weeks or over a decade, it seems scientists have been having the same dreams -- specifically, ones "filled with marauding kids, terrified shorebirds, forest fires, shark attacks and a healthy dose of the absurd." The shared gist of their dreams "are driven by concerns about protecting it."
However, according to dream expert types, this is nothing shocking. It's similar to, say, women being on the same special monthly gift cycle. (Or not. What do we know? We have a penis. Anyway.) "You have a bunch of people doing the same thing all day, seeing the same things, with limited outside stimuli," Eleanor Rosch, a psychology professor and dream researcher at UC Berkeley, explains to The Chronicle. "That's called 'day residue,' when the events of your day appear in our dreams. It's wonderful they're keeping records of this."