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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

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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

After resting almost 4,000 feet below the surface for more than 10 years, there is still surprisingly little growth on the shipping container, although diversity and abundance seems to be increasing with every visit.

Sur Ridge and Lost Shipping Container Cruise Log (June 5-9, 2014)

June, 2014

We had an incredible day of discovery at Sur Ridge, which included dense forests of deep-sea corals and sponges, cold seep clams, and even a baby vampire squid.

MBARI and Sanctuary Scientists to visit Lost Shipping Container and Deep Sea Corals: June 5-9, 2014

June, 2014


Kelp Watch 2014 results on kelp radioactivity now available

May, 2014