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Keith Sakuma and other scientists sort through trawl collections.

NMFS trawl surveys collect anomalous species

October, 2015


CINMS Hosts Seafloor Mapping Meeting

October, 2015

Thousands of pelagic red crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes) cover Coral Street Beach in Pacific Grove, CA on October 7, 2015

Pelagic Red Crabs Enter Monterey Bay (1959, 1969, 1982-1983, 2015)

October, 2015

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Whale entanglements: a summary as of August 2015

September, 2015

Whale sightings map for July combining sightings from SpotterPro app, WhaleAlert app, paper data sheets, and NOAA overflights along with effort tracklines.

Whale Sightings in the northern Channel Islands

August, 2015

A black urchin Arbacia stellata found by Kenan Chan of PISCO in Monterey Bay.  Photo:  Dr. Steve Lonhart, NOAA MBNMS.

Warm-water urchins found along Cannery Row in Monterey Bay

August, 2015

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Plankton turn Monterey Bay waters turquoise

August, 2015


Cordell Bank, Farallones national marine sanctuaries expanded

June, 2015

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Massive domoic acid event in Monterey Bay

May, 2015

The overall goal of the cruise is to compare life over Davidson Seamount versus adjacent to it; and to do some mid water fish characterization in Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas (SESAs). Components of the sketch: NOAA ship, Visual observations of birds and mammals, UAS to count mammals, Hydrophones to hear mammals, eDNA to assess fishes, traditional net surveys for fishes, CTD for ocean chemistry, Major sponsor: "Emotions for the Oceans" book.

Follow our Davidson Seamount Research Blog!

May, 2015

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Report turtle observations to NOAA

April, 2015


Young sea lions headed for mass mortality event?

April, 2015

Boundary expansion for two national marine sanctuaries.

Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries Expand

March, 2015


Come enjoy the FREE Sanctuary Currents Symposium, 4/25/15!

March, 2015

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Patterns in Deep-Sea Corals at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

March, 2015

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Become a Reef Check California diver!

February, 2015

A Japanese dock washed ashore an Oregon beach on 6/6/12 (Photo: AP)

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD; updated January 2015)

January, 2015


Sanctuary Currents 2015: CALL FOR RESEARCH POSTERS

December, 2014

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Dead Cassin’s Auklets washing ashore were emaciated

November, 2014

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Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast

November, 2014


MLML Ichthyology students get up close and personal with deep-sea animals

October, 2014

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U.S. Initiates Prototype System to Gauge National Marine Biodiversity

October, 2014

Screen shot of Whale Alert app for iPhone and iPad.

Whale Alert app available and free!

September, 2014

Velella velella, a hydrozoan jelly that periodically washes ashore in large swarms.  Photo Dr. Steve Lonhart, NOAA MBNMS.

Jellies Cover Beaches (2002, 2003, 2014, & 2015)

August, 2014

Aerial view of Sand City beach, which was covered with the green seaweed Ulva in July 2014.

2014 July bloom of the seaweed Ulva

July, 2014