NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Moments of peace in the animal kingdom are rare. When we as humans are fortunate enough to witness wildlife in what appears to be complete serenity, it has a profound affect on the heart.


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Tis the season to be jelly! Fa la la la la la la la la!
#wavesandwildlife photo of a #seanettle #jellyfish by @MichaelLanghans
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Cute AND helping the ecosystem: the sea otter story! Sea otters help stabilize kelp forest ecosystems in places like #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary. One of the sea otter's favorite foods is the purple sea urchin, which is known for eating kelp holdfasts and destroying kelp forests – so by chowing down on urchins, sea otters help protect the kelp. This sea otter is doing double duty, too, by snacking on an invasive green crab, a species that threatens West Coast ecosystems.
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#EarthIsBlue #SeaOtter #Otter #InvasiveSpecies #Ocean #Nature #NaturePhotography #Monterey #WestCoast (Photo: Lilian Carswell/@USFWS)
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[Image description: A sea otter at the ocean surface holding a crab in its paws.]


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Today is International Mountain Day – and some of the largest mountains in the world occur under the sea. Thanks to the steep slopes of these seamounts, nutrients are carried upwards from the depths of the ocean toward the sunlit surface, providing food for corals, fish, crustaceans, and more. One seamount is Davidson Seamount in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary, which is 26 miles long, eight miles wide, and 7,480 feet tall! Davidson Seamount supports a lush, biodiverse community of species like the precious coral and basket stars pictured here.
#EarthIsBlue #MountainsMatter #Mountain #Mountains #Seamount #Seamounts #Biodiversity #Science #Coral #SeaStar #Starfish #Ocean #Habitat (Photo: NOAA/@mbari_news)
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[Image description: Bright pink deep-sea corals and basket stars.]


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Required lacrosse helmet to do drone catching on a noaa whale research vessel . You just don’t want to drop the $6,000 drone in the monterey Bay @marinelifestudies #protectmontereybay @brentallenoutside #whalewatch#whaledisentanglement #montereybay#montereybaynationalmarinesanctuary #marinelifestudies#dronecatcher


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As we celebrate Wildlife Conservation Day and the beautiful diving we have here in the Monterey Bay, take a moment to remember President George H.W. Bush. President Bush had the most national marine sanctuaries (6) designated during any presidential administration - including the one in our own backyard - the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 📷: @cityofmonterey


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This #Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all the people who support the National Marine Sanctuary System, and all the creatures who live in these protected waters! From the photographers who bring the ocean to our fingertips, to humpback whales who majestically swim through these waters, and everyone in between, thanks for making our national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments spectacular!
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What marine critters are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments!
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#EarthIsBlue #HappyThanksgiving #Thankful #HumpbackWhale #Whale #Whales #HappyWhalesgiving #MontereyBay (Photo: @douglascroftimages)
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[Image description: Humpback whale tail fin sticking out of water with hills in the background.]


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I feel like #kelp #greenlings are always giving me the slip but this one got used to me and settled in for some shots. *
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#kelpgreenlings #underwaterphotography #underwaterlifeisbeautiful #scubaphotography #underwaterisbetter #scubadiving #olympus #tg4 #innerspace #vitaminsea #blueplanet


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Happy #VeteransDay! This summer, national marine sanctuaries on the West Coast honored the service of our nation’s veterans by dedicating Get Into Your Sanctuary events as “Vet Into Your Sanctuary.” Dozens of veterans enthusiastically participated in activities including ocean film viewing, boating, fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and visitor center activities.
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#EarthIsBlue #Veteran #Science #Veterans #WestCoast #California #Washington (Photo: Lisa Uttal/NOAA)
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[Image description: A veteran pulls a mesh sieve used for collecting plankton out of the ocean.]


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Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? 🐋 This energetic humpback whale spotted in #MontereyBay National Marine Sanctuary is exhibiting a common whale activity known as breaching. There are many possible motivations for these acrobatic leaps above the water’s surface, including communication with other whales, attracting mates, or just being playful. Humpback whales sure know how to make a splash!
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#EarthIsBlue #Whale #HumpbackWhale #Humpback #Breach #WhaleWatching #Ocean #Monterey #California #Nature (Photo: @douglascroftimages)
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[Image description: A humpback whale jumps above the ocean’s surface with water splashing above its head.]


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One year ago today, a morning out on the water observing nature in the wild, as it should be. Please do not support programs that include wild animal captivity. Captivity is cruel and unnecessary, and it kills. It imprisons the animal in an unnatural setting, separates them from their family, shortens their life span, and then ultimately kills them. There is nothing more exhilarating, educational, or rewarding than seeing one of these amazing beings in its natural habitat. Support their freedom. Support Sea Shepherd Operation 404. 💙🌊💚🌍 #mosslanding #monterey #route1 #california #whale #marinelife #humpbackwhale #whalewatching #bigsur #carmel #whales #captivitykills #outdoors #ocean #seashepherd #seashepherdoperation404 #naturalhabitat #vegan #conserve #volunteer #savetheoceans #operation404 #nature #boycottseaworld #wildlife #environment #thecove #travel #defend #protect


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