NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to rare underwater sinkholes. The Earth is called a blue planet because, from space, it looks blue. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is working with Marine Imaging Technologies and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in its 2020 expedition to document and collect samples from the seafloor! All the secrets all the smiles Hawaiʻi, the most isolated archipelago in the world, was globally connected in the 19th century due to the efforts of King David Kalākaua of the Hawaiian Kingdom, who reigned from 1874 to 1891. This sanctuary protects over 100 World War I-era wooden shipwrecks, many of which have been partially reclaimed by nature. She named more than 200 species, as well as naming NOAA’s research vessel, Hiʻialakai, which in Hawaiian means “embracing pathways to the sea.” Isabella was a towering inspiration to generations of students and colleagues due to her achievements, connections to people, and a lifelong passion for limu. Watch out, fishes! This California sea hare was found in an eelgrass bed in NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. There are many different species of nudibranch found all throughout national marine sanctuaries. Today is the International Day of Forests – and did you know there are forests in the ocean? Whale, whale, whale – it's World Tourism Day! Did you know mangroves line more than 1,800 miles of shoreline within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary? This little squid-let was seen on a past research expedition in NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, off the coast of California. Today is the International Coastal Cleanup! NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of the top whale watching destinations in the world! The nests are often used year after year and can become up to 10 feet high as more nesting materials are added each breeding season. More than just cloud watchers, the red-footed booby breeds and nests on the islands of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. “We can stop finding Nemo!” With a sense of humor and an eye for beauty, Greg McFall captured all sorts of scenes through photography. Looking for adventure this summer? Talk about a berry patch! A coral? Whales, such as the humpback whale, are known as koholā in the Hawaiian language. The reserve offers miles of hiking trails—a great way to celebrate #NationalEstuariesWeek! We're accepting photos in three categories – Sanctuary Life, Sanctuary Views, and Sanctuary Recreation – through Labor Day weekend. These skilled divers have no troubles filling up as they use their wings to swim underwater to catch fish! When diving, make sure you have your courage, brains, and heart all ready so you can have a grand adventure! We're honored to have been able to provide this opportunity to our veterans – happy Veterans Day! Though they are otterly adorable, they'll be safer and healthier if you give them plenty of space. The cold, clear water of Lake Huron makes it easy to see the shipwreck resting below! Once these seals reach maturity, their fights become more and more serious. Find out more about this beautiful place. Comment your guess and we'll reveal the answer on Monday! Now, thanks to conservation efforts, there is a recovering population on their native Laysan Island and a relocated population living on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Each year since 2006, Akeakamai, a Laysan albatross, has returned to Midway Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with his mate Wisdom to raise a chick. Shipwrecks like the USS Schurz have a second life beneath the waves as artificial reefs. Well played. These mussels take over hard surfaces such as buoys, docks, and submerged archaeological resources, including the shipwrecks in NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We've made it through another work week, and for some of us (like this northern elephant seal in NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary) that means it's time for a nap! Join us for Get Into Your Sanctuary Days! These gentle, slow-moving animals are at risk from boat strikes, but conservation efforts are helping them! As their name suggests, these fish are native to the Indo Pacific region, and are part of the food web in coral reefs in that area. So, water you waiting for? Wilson, pictured here, is one of the many wrecks sitting at the bottom of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron. In need of a mid-week tropical escape? Lv 7. Incoming! They also alter nutrient cycles and deplete the local food supply for native species. American white pelicans are among the many birds that live in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for at least part of the year. Trash and animals don't mix well! It was then that the Hawaiian language revitalization movement began through the establishment of preschools that used immersion Hawaiian language-medium education. Check out this black sea bass giving the camera a side profile! These slippery animals commonly hide in rock crevices, remember to always give them plenty of space. Whether you are up for a beach day, hiking, or a virtual visit, this sanctuary has got you covered! Pop quiz: can you identify this mysterious ocean sight? Some of the meanings of the word kū that are also associated to the god Kū are upright, to rise up, or to establish. Start your week off right with a virtual trip to Fagatele Bay in NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa! Talk about giving new meaning to, "I've got your back!". The camera loves this green sea turtle in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, but that doesn't mean the turtle loves the camera. These strawberry anemones in NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary say happy holidays to all! *crickets* We’ll show ourselves out, you just enjoy this breaching orca in NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Looking for a Valentine today? These communities play a crucial role in working with the sanctuary to shape policy, research, and education programs. Beaks? Here, hundreds of widow rockfish swim through NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary above bright invertebrates. If you're the helm (steering wheel) on a shipwreck, you're not exactly a wheel of fortune. What's wrong with this picture? However, the blue color of the planet may vary depending on the depth of the oceans. Snack time! Blenny for your thoughts! No matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands. In NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, home is where the kelp is! The 2020 photo contest is now open! Alert! Are you spending your summer exploring your national marine sanctuaries? Every August, the reef-building corals within the sanctuary put on one of the most abundant spawning displays in the entire Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. What are you doing down there?" NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance and local regulations. The white ibis certainly "fits the bill" as one of the most common wading birds in NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Is this a Pacific white-sided dolphin in NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary…or a bird? This year we are introducing a new category, "Sanctuaries at Home," where you can show us your drawings, stewardship activities, attendance at virtual sanctuary events, or any other ways you're connecting to your sanctuaries from home. Minke whales rarely exhibit breaching behavior, but every once in a while the mood seems to strike them. It’s important to keep a safe viewing distance to make sure the wildlife aren’t disturbed by our admiration. The waters surrounding NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provide a window into local heritage. Located in the tidal Potomac River, Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary protects a historic collection of shipwrecks. After death, a whale's body will sink to the seafloor – and there, it can feed other organisms for years or even decades. f you happen to find yourself near NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, check out this page for some places to explore! Once the squid had enough of us, it took off in a cloud of ink.". This little beauty in NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a regal sea goddess. The Earth is Blue as an Orange will screen virtually from October 2-12, 2020. is always whaley exciting! When encountering wildlife, always remember to give the animals plenty of room to ensure you both stay happy and safe. Cordell Bank rises from deep, dark waters off the coast of California – and is home to a technicolor array of marine life! However, it has light-sensitive eyes similar to that of cats, which helps it hunt for fish and squid in the deep, dark waters that it lives in. Their head comes to a point and their lower jaw is v-shaped, giving it a hawk-like appearance. Even if you don't live near the ocean, when you shower, the chemicals in sunscreen may wash off and enter our waterways. We are going to take this time to highlight the importance of keeping our coasts clean and the different ways you can be an ocean steward in your own backyard! These shipwrecks in turn serve as habitat for many different animals, museums of our maritime past, and classrooms for students of all ages. Can you count how many common murres are in this pic? Like corals, giant clams have developed symbiotic partnerships with algae called zooxanthellae.