NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Oh Jack Johnson! We are so happy you love the ocean as much as we here at Cora Ball and Rozalia Project do!
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Talk about the golden hour! This gorgeous photo of a sunset at Point Lobos placed 2nd in @SaveOurShores Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest celebrating #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary. What's your favorite place to watch the sunset over the sanctuary?
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Have your own spectacular photos of wildlife in your national marine sanctuaries? There's still time to submit to our Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest! We'll be accepting images through August 15th. Get the details at the link in our profile.
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#EarthIsBlue #Sunset #Golden #Gold #Photography #PhotoContest #California #Ocean #View #Landscape (Photo: Amelia Olson)
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[Image description: A golden-tinged view of the cliffs along the California coastline.]


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This ethereal image of a harbor seal in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary was the winner of @SaveOurShores' Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest celebrating the sanctuary! Harbor seals are one of more than 30 species of marine mammals found in the sanctuary, and can be spotted swimming through kelp forests and basking on and near shore.
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Have your own spectacular photos of wildlife in your national marine sanctuaries? There's still time to submit to our Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest! We'll be accepting images through August 15th. Get the details at the link in our profile.
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#EarthIsBlue #HarborSeal #Seal #PhotoContest #kelpForest #Photography #Ocean #Kelp #Nature #NaturePhotography (Photo: @michaellanghans)
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[Image description: A distant harbor seal swims away from the camera. The seal is framed by kelp.]


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In the late 1800s, northern elephant seals were thought to be extinct after decades of extensive commercial hunting. But in the last century, these seals have made an amazing recovery! Today, #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary is home to the largest colonies of northern elephant seals in the mainland United States. In late spring and summer, they migrate thousands of miles from their feeding grounds in the Pacific Ocean to the shores of California to molt and grow new fur.
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Elephant seals are tons of fun to watch, but make sure to give them plenty of space for their safety and yours!
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#EarthIsBlue #ElephantSeal #Seal #Pinniped #Nature #Ocean #Wildlife (Video: NOAA)
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[Video description: A molting elephant seal hauling out on a beach.]


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Stars and stripes blowing in the sea breeze over Hacker's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. We're out of the office today - happy 4th of July to all! .
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[#architecturephotography by @laraswimmer ] #handsonmuseum #discoverycenter #montereybay #civicdesign #marinesanctuary #santacruz #exteriors #architecture


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Calling all photographers: Dive in to the Get Into Your Sanctuary #PhotoContest like this Brandt's cormorant in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary! We're holding a photo contest through August 15, with categories for Sanctuary Life, Sanctuary Views, and Sanctuary Portraits. We can't wait to see your photos โ€“ get the contest details at sanctuaries.noaa.gov/photo-contest.html.
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#EarthIsBlue #ILoveMySanctuary #Photography #UnderwaterPhotography #Contest #Ocean #Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildlife #Bird #Cormorant (Photo: Curtis Wee)
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[Image description: A portrait of a Brandt's cormorant underwater. It appears to be looking at the camera, and there is kelp in the background. This photo was a submission to the 2017 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest.]


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๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒˆ Celebrate #LGBTPrideMonth and #NationalOceanMonth with this humpback whale and a misty rainbow in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary โ€“ then join us to declare your #PrideInTheOcean! This month, we're teaming up with Pride Outside to celebrate that our ocean is for everyone. You can take part by posting a photo of yourself explaining why you take pride in the ocean and tagging #PrideInTheOcean, or adding your image to our story map. Learn more at the link in our profile!
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#EarthIsBlue #PrideMonth #OceanMonth #LGBT #LGBTPride #Whale #HumpbackWhale #MontereyBay #Ocean #Rainbow (Photo: @douglascroftimages)
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[Image description: A humpback whale surfacing and exhaling. A rainbow refracts above it.]


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Sanctuaries like #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary protect magical tide pools, breathtaking kelp forests, and more โ€” all places where you can get in touch with nature and yourself. Why do you take pride in the ocean?
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Check out the link in our profile to find out how we & @prideoutside are celebrating National Ocean Month and LGBT Pride Month with #PrideInTheOcean, and how you can get involved!๐Ÿณ๏ธ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒŠ
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#worldoceanmonth #lgbt #lgbtpride #pride #ocean #california #tidepool #anemone #celebrate (Video: Elizabeth Weinberg/NOAA)
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[Video description: Shallow water moves over a sandy tide pool with anemones, algae, and other organisms in it.]


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Hereโ€™s a below-the-surface look at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, photographed by my talented friend @jessiekb_art ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ Isnโ€™t it magical? ๐Ÿ”ฎ The Sanctuaryโ€™s kelp forests offer protection for fishes, sea stars, crabs and snails, and are important for sea otters too.
#ilovemysanctuary #earthisblue #ocean #california #diving #kelp #fish


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1st stop, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! ๐Ÿฆ€ Stay tuned this week for images of the sanctuary. It hugs the CA coastline of Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz and areas around San Francisco ๐Ÿฆˆ๐ŸŒŠ #ocean #ilovemysanctuary #earthisblue #california


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There's so much to celebrate this #WorldOceanDay! For one thing, we're celebrating the enormous diversity of life our National Marine Sanctuary System protects. In these thriving ecosystems, you'll find gigantic whales, tiny krill, and more.
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How are you celebrating your ocean today? Share what you're doing in the comments to help inspire others!
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#EarthIsBlue #OceanDay #Ocean #Nature #Whale #WhaleCalf #GrayWhale #KelpForest #California #BabyWhale (Photo: @douglascroftimages)
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[Image description: A gray whale mother and her calf swim through the surface of a kelp forest in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary.]


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You may be wondering โ€” whatโ€™s a National Marine Sanctuary? ๐Ÿค” They are protected waters designated for unique natural and cultural porpoises๐Ÿฌ There are 13 in the U.S. that include underwater treasures, such as cool species and even shipwrecks! You can enjoy them from shore, from a boat or dive on in ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธโ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ
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#ilovemysanctuary #earthisblue #ocean


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๐Ÿฌ We're dolphinitely halfway through the week! Common dolphins like these are one of 36 species of marine mammals found in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary. What other species can you name? Can you name all 36?
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#EarthIsBlue #Dolphin #CommonDolphin #Dolphins #Ocean #Nature #WhaleWatching #Trivia (Photo: Karen Grimmer/NOAA)
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[Image description: Two common dolphins at the ocean surface.]


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This summer I will be exploring the 5 CA and WA National Marine Sanctuaries. Stay tuned for photos and drawings of the sights, animals, and people of these special placesโ›ฑ๏ธ
#ilovemysanctuary #earthisblue #ocean #marinesanctuary #nature #beach #visitsanctuaries #california #monterey #westcoast #summer


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Wouldnโ€™t have believed it was possible to love pinnipeds/sea otters more than I did before this trip but I somehow do ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜#notquittingmydayjob #obsessed


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Bad hair day? Not quite! This is Dendronotus iris, a kind of #nudibranch. Those "hairs" you see are actually branching gills, which can be tipped with white, orange, yellow, or purple. This nudibranch prowls the rocky reefs of #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary for anemones to chow down on.
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#EarthIsBlue #Mollusk #SeaSlug #Ocean #Nature #Underwater (Photo: Chad King/NOAA)
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[Image: A close view of a nudibranch, a shell-less mollusk. The nudibranch is dark red, with orange branching gills.]


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Seabirds aren't the only birds that rely on national marine sanctuaries. For shorebirds like this black oystercatcher in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary, sanctuaries are home. Black oystercatchers patrol the intertidal zone, looking for mussels and other shellfish. They find open mussels, jab that long bill in, and extract the contents for a hearty seafood meal.
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#EarthIsBlue #BirdWeek #Oystercatcher #BlackOystercatcher #Bird #Shorebird #Birds #Nature #Wildlife (Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA)
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[Image description: A black oystercatcher stands on a rock in front of breaking waves. The bird is black, with an yellow eye, red-orange bill, and pinkish legs.]


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"One day, there was an injured elephant seal on the public beach outside my office. It's a popular beach with people and dog-walkers. There was also a group of three families from the US and France at a family reunion. I asked the kids if they wanted to help me make a driftwood fence around the injured seal to keep dogs and people away. The kids, four to 12 years old, quickly gathered bundles of driftwood and made a stick fence around the seal giving it about 20 feet on all sides. The parents wanted to leave to see the sunset, but the kids would not go until their project was done. They were so proud of their accomplishment, I got a huge group hug and lots of group pictures before they left. In my work, this is what I'm most proud of: connecting kids to the ocean, making them feel important through stewardship activities, and empowering them to take action." โ€“ Carolyn Skinder, #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary southern region program coordinator
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What inspires you about the ocean?
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#EarthIsBlue #OceanInspiration #OceanOptimism #Ocean #Optimism #Inspiration #ElephantSeal #Student #Environment #Nature #Seal (Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA)
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[Image description: An elephant seal resting in the surf.]


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Nananananananana bat star!
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The Monterey peninsula is on the ancestral lands of the Rumsen Ohlone people. .
#tidepool #monterey


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Anyone else counting down to weekend naptime?
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#EarthIsBlue #Nap #SeaLion #Ocean #NapTime #Nature #MontereyBay #Weekend (Photo: Claire Fackler/NOAA)
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[Image description: several sea lions sunning themselves on a buoy]


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