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

Jellies Cover Beaches (2002, 2003, 2014)

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

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Kelp Watch 2014 results on kelp radioactivity now available

May, 2014

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25th Anniversary of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

May, 2014

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19th century shipwreck off Golden Gate Bridge found — again

May, 2014

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NOAA releases expansion proposal for Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries

April, 2014

Anchovies are plankton feeders, and can have high levels of domoic acid.

CDPH expands warning about consuming anchovies and sardines from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

April, 2014

Cover of the new report in the Marine Conservation Series.

The Phenomenon of Shipping Containers Lost at Sea

March, 2014

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White Shark Programmatic Environmental Assessment

March, 2014

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Divers Wanted for ReefCheck CA in 2014

January, 2014

Since mid-2011, I have worked with Japanese colleagues and scientists around the world to understand the scope and impact of events that continue to unfold today. In June 2011, I organized the first comprehensive, international expedition to study the spread of radionuclides from Fukushima into the Pacific, and I or members of my lab have participated in several other cruises and analyzed dozens of samples of water, sediment, and biota.

Fukushima Radiation (January 2014 update)

January, 2014

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Sanctuary Currents 2014: CALL FOR RESEARCH POSTERS

January, 2014

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Shark Net app for the iPhone

January, 2014

California mussels.  Photo by Dr. Steve Lonhart, NOAA MBNMS.

Shellfish Poisoning Alert for central California

December, 2013

The robotic arm of the ROV “Doc Ricketts” pushes a core into the muddy seafloor to collect sediment for analyses. Many of these cores were collected today, along with a few “fragile urchins” (small and pink round objects in the image). Samples were taken along the edge of a Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Area where Dr. Jim Barry (MBARI) is developing ageing techniques for urchins (think tree rings) and hopes to learn how these poorly understood, deep sea communities function.

Lost Shipping Container and Benthic Ecology Cruise Log (Dec 11-16, 2013)

December, 2013

MBNMS and MBARI Research Staff will be re-visiting this shipping container, which rests at almost a mile below the surface of Monterey Bay (Photo: MBNMS/MBARI)

Scientists To Give Lost Shipping Container a Second Look

December, 2013

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Salmon Shark Strandings (2013)

December, 2013

Northern Anchovy.  Photo credit:  Dr. Steve Lonhart, NOAA MBNMS.

Anchovy Die-Off in Santa Cruz Harbor (2013)

October, 2013

Pisaster giganteus deteriorating.  Photo credit:  Dr. Steve Lonhart, NOAA MBNMS.

Sea Stars Impacted by Wasting Disease (2013)

October, 2013

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Blue-footed Boobies Visit California Coast (2013)

October, 2013

Gravid vermilion rockfish in Point Lobos State Marine Reserve.

Checklist of Fishes Known to Occur in MBNMS (v.1)

September, 2013

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Spotter Pro App Now in Use across West Coast Sanctuaries!

August, 2013

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California Grunion Spawn in Monterey (Summer 2013)

August, 2013