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Mysterious foam a byproduct of phytoplankton bloom

September, 2016

A large goiter sponge flanked by Bubblegum coral (Paragorgia arborea) at Sur Ridge today.

Research Expedition Blog; R/V Western Flyer: August 24-28, 2016

August, 2016

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

July bloom of the seaweed Ulva (2016, 2015 & 2014)

July, 2016

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Another new warm-water species found in Monterey Bay

June, 2016

A colorful collage of some of the incredible sights from today's dive on Sur Ridge, which included more than 10 species of coral, many different sponges, two blob sculpins, nudibranchs, brooding octopii, dozens of other cnidarians all on a landscape of ever-changing and diverse habitat.

Sur Ridge Expedition Blog (June 1-5, 2016)

May, 2016

Sur Ridge is approximately the size of Manhattan.

MBNMS Scientists to Re-visit Sur Ridge; Deep Sea Corals

May, 2016

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 (2016, 2015, 1982-83, 1969, & 1959)

May, 2016


“Get Into Your Sanctuary” Celebration Event Scheduled for June 25

May, 2016


Stomatopod found in Elkhorn Slough

March, 2016

Photo by Michael Bolte.

UCSC special report: Wild, Wild West Coast

February, 2016

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Become a Reef Check California diver!

February, 2016

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MBNMS Condition Report Update now available

January, 2016

Keith Sakuma and other scientists sort through trawl collections.

NMFS trawl surveys collect anomalous species

October, 2015


CINMS Hosts Seafloor Mapping Meeting

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