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a seastar

Join our friends at calacademy in the statewide effort to discover, record, and share observations of nature found along the California coast. You can also enter your observations here.

tiled image of 4 deep sea corals

Deep-sea coral communities, like the ones found here in the national marine sanctuaries of the West Coast, are home to many diverse species. It's #coralsweek here at the sanctuary, learn more about deep sea coral communities and curriculum.

illustration of sea creatures

Bone worms, octopus, and a whale fall creep!!! Play this video at your haunted house, and enjoy these creatures of the deep. Spooky yet beautiful animals doing their part to keep our blue planet clean, and wishing you a Happy [deep sea] Halloween!!!

a sunset over the ocean

Who's in need of a short peaceful virtual journey to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park. Hope you “like” it. Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA.

hermit crabs on the seafloor

Tune in to explore deep sea habitats of Santa Cruz Canyon on a 1400 meter dive happening in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary! E/V Nautilus scientists discovered a hermit crab party on a recent dive near San Miguel Island.

a breaching humpback whale

On this day 48 years ago, Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act to prevent marine mammal species and population stocks from declining beyond the point where they ceased to be significant functioning elements of the ecosystems of which they are a part. Photo: Douglas Croft.