Is it just us, or do these Risso's dolphins look a little ghost-like? In the coral reefs of PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument, they linger atop corals and survey their surroundings for prey, much like their terrestrial namesake. Play Geo for Good In 2018, nonprofit mapping and technology specialists gathered in California to learn about Google's mapping tools and share a passion for planetary change. Like this blacktip reef shark in NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, sharks help maintain balanced prey populations by eating sick and weaker individuals. If you are planning a dive trip to see them, just be sure to leave your mirrors at home! Dive into NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Have you ever gotten a whiff of one in your national marine sanctuaries? This one was spotted swimming in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Greens and blacks swirl within the eye of a pufferfish in NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary off the Georgia coast, where a kaleidoscope of colorful creatures thrive on and around the sanctuary's living reef. By collecting samples, Pixel will aid scientists in studying the diversity of marine species, such as anemones and sea stars, that call the sanctuaryâs shipwrecks home. These beautiful invertebrates reproduce by cloning themselves, spreading out to cover a large are of rocky reef. What do you think this Red Grouper from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is thinking as it swims past the reef? These spineless creatures thrive in rocky areas, as many are able to attach themselves more firmly to the hard substrate, as compared to sandy or muddy "soft" bottom habitats. Every humpback whale has a distinctive pattern on its fluke. Obviously very hard at work watching a bird in the morning commute, what else do you think this guy has planned for today? Located in northwestern Lake Huron, Thunder Bay is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system. By keeping our beaches trash free and leaving no trace behind when we enjoy our shores, weâre also helping protect marine life down the line! Red, white, and merry! Row, row, row your boat, gently down the...lake? Sea stars, like this one in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, use tiny tube feet on each arm to grip onto rocks. These green beauties are protected under the endangered species act, due to such threats as bycatch, habitat loss, and entanglement. As the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands, the event brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. Have you explored our newest sanctuary yet? The humpback whale's genus is Megaptera, which means "big wing." Besides, you canât buy happiness, but you can buy a fishing pole! â Jackie Krawczak, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary volunteer. Take a deep breath and enjoy the blue-green seas of French Frigate Shoals in PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument. Now those are some eyebrows! This fan coral and its fish friends were found at a depth of about 100 meters in the Santa Cruz Canyon, part of NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The ocean provides the oxygen we breathe, sustains an amazing array of animals and plants, and more. Typically, these dolphins are found in deep waters offshore, diving nearly 1,000 feet by the continental shelf edge. While gray seals may appear approachable in the wild, human interference is a major threat to these marine mammals. Ride into the weekend like this shrimp hitching a ride on a jelly in NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary! Always keep an eye out for whales! Label: Mercury - 314 546 246-2 • Format: CD Album, Enhanced Blue Booklet • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock Ask the pupils • What will happen when you put a whole orange The Earth is called a blue planet because, from space, it looks blue. That can alter the habitat of native species by reducing the amount of light cover and and restricting water movement. On this day 148 years ago, the schooner E.B. Hawksbills get their name from their unique beak-like mouths. If you're able to catch a skirmish, we recommend some popcorn! A whale fall â the carcass of a whale that has sunk to the seafloor â can feed communities of organisms for months or years. This smiling friend was spotted near PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument! No â this is a cockscomb nudibranch, a type of sea slug! This reticulated butterflyfish was spotted by photographer Rick Gaffney off the Big Island. In its first year, the initiative removed more than 18,000 pounds of marine debris from sanctuary waters! This week, weâre honoring the memory of NOAA diver and staff member Greg McFall. His passing is a huge loss to us and to the larger sanctuaries community. Leave a comment below with your guess, and we'll have the answer for you later today! A visitor from the north! They teach principles of responsible recreation, aiming to create sustainable and healthy ecosystems for everyone to enjoy. While gray seals may appear approachable in the wild, human interference is a major threat to these marine mammals. Allen took its last voyage in Lake Huron. NOAA works to clean up this trash to keep wildlife safe â since 1996, the marine debris team has removed 1.9 million pounds of derelict fishing gear and other garbage from the monument! âDuuuuudee!â Jill Brown rolls to first place in the Sanctuaries at Home Category! Always remember to #RecreateResponsibly. Clownfish rarely stray away from sea anemones, receiving protection from predators. What will you do? While it canât always be warm and sunny at NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, gray skies donât have to be so dreary. Feed me! These fish in French Frigate Shoals are just a few of the millions of creatures that this monument protects, including sea turtles, monk seals, and 14 million seabirds. Since then, HÅkÅ«leÊ»a has sailed around the world, visiting over 150 ports across 18 nations to spread a message of MÄlama Honua (caring for Island Earth). Found in places like Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, its large, sturdy tentacles are capable of bringing down shrimps and small fishes. These skilled divers have no troubles filling up as they use their wings to swim underwater to catch fish! 10/10 points for orca acrobatics! From tragedy to new life: sunk by a German U-boat during World War II, the American cargo ship Caribsea is now host to a vibrant reef not far from NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. This common snapping turtle in NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary must have a great manicurist. Learn more about how to interact with wildlife when you encounter them. Known for their incredible energy and acrobatic skills, short-beaked common dolphins are one of many marine mammal species that call NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary home. With their rows of serrated teeth, these sharks pack a bite powerful enough to chomp through the shells of sea turtles! Consider the humpback whale tail, or flukes. The organisms living within tide pools are repeatedly covered and abandoned by shifting tides, leaving them to cope with extreme physical, chemical, and biological changes. The waters of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary are filled with life! NOAA and the government of American Samoa co-manage this ocean treasure to not only protect its rich biodiversity, but also to support the cultural traditions and history of the region. The science is clear on one thing â this newborn is 100% adorable! Nudibranchs, like this one found in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, are sea slugs that often come in striking colors and forms. Today is National Shop for Travel Day, and it's an excellent time to start thinking about summer vacations in your national marine sanctuaries. Now that is a creature who earns its name! Weâve got the Cali-formula for healthy ecosystems here at NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary! Tiger sharks are one of many shark (manÅ) species in Hawaiâi and are important members of the coastal ecosystem. The vibrant colors of nature never cease to amaze us, and we hope this golden scene on the shores of NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary does the same for you. What's your favorite species of jellyfish to see in your national marine sanctuaries? Over a century later when the shipwreck was discovered, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was designated as the first national marine sanctuary in the United States to protect our maritime heritage. So by making a small change in your sun protection, you can help support healthy coral reefs! Every summer in recent years, we've teamed up with Nautilus Live to explore and map areas of our national marine sanctuaries. Is an eagle by the sea technically a seagull? This friend was found cruising in NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa! Always remember to practice responsible recreation to protect these beautiful biodiverse ecosystems! Have you seen one while diving in the sanctuary? What photos will you send in? You can help protect right whales, too, by supporting your regional stranding network and by working to reduce marine debris! It provides a source of food, shelter, clothing, cooking materials, and a wide range of useful products. It's actually a sunken tanker from World War II hidden near NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary! Happy birthday to "the mother of the age of ecology," Rachel Carson! Like corals, giant clams have developed symbiotic partnerships with algae called zooxanthellae. Interestingly, sand tiger sharks sometimes come to the surface and gulp down some air. The fact that both the atmosphere and the oceans are blue is the reason that Earth is often called the blue planet. Nap time! This is just one of some 14 million seabirds representing 22 species that breed and nest in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Sandbar sharks might not be the biggest sharks in the seas, but they are certainly impressive. Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? Biiiiig mood. Have you seen a shipwreck before? Have you met the famous coral head, Big Momma? This week is a celebration of these incredible ecosystems and the benefits estuaries provide. This one was photographed off Santa Cruz in NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. At the University of HawaiÊ»i at Hilo the doctorate program in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization is the first doctorate in the United States conducted in an Indigenous language and the first doctorate in the world to revitalize an Indigenous language. "AAAAAAAAAA I am a Steller sea lion, hear me roar!" Now is not the time to be star struck! Photo: NOAA, under NOAA Fisheries Permit #14245. Find out more about this beautiful place. Sand tiger sharks can be found gliding around near NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, making this place a hot spot for divers. When bat stars meet, they often "arm-wrestle" each other trying to get an arm on top of the other's. The National Marine Sanctuary System connects with our nation's wartime past through maritime history and preservation of wrecks from the USS Conestoga to the ironclad USS Monitor. Whether you are up for a beach day, hiking, or a virtual visit, this sanctuary has got you covered! Learn how you can opt outside at a sanctuary near you. Learn about our recent community celebration and how you can visit this historic treasure. Though environments certainly change over time, invasive species can crowd out native species, shifting the balance and potentially damaging the ecosystem to which they've been introduced. Congratulations, Anne Mary! 1, 2, 3â¦ okay we give up trying to count! T165 and his family usually range in the waters of British Columbia and Alaska, and this was their first recorded visit to Monterey Bay. Weâre splashing our way into Whale Week 2020! The Siapo shown here was created for NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa by the Samoan artist Reggie Meredith, using a traditional Siapo mamanu form. Look closely and you can see Muusoctopus octopuses and other marine animals! We've got you covered â this week we'll be exploring the deep waters of NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Happy 45th anniversary to NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary! This isn't exactly how this rockfish imagined starting off its weekend. Comment below if manatees are your favorite animal! Also known as fairy terns, or manu-o-kÅ« in Hawaiian, these small birds breed throughout PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Thousands of humpback whales return to Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary each year to breed, give birth, and nurse their young. Saturday afternoon nap? Unclench your jaw and imagine diving with these beautiful pyramid butterfly fish over the coral reefs of PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument. Sounds like a good way to locate a Valentine to us. Have you seen one of these anemones when diving in your sanctuary? Not at all â it's a gray seal in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary! This iconic sanctuary protects 36 species of marine mammals, more than 180 species of seabirds and shorebirds, 525 species of fish, and a multitude of invertebrates and algae. Photographer Douglas Croft snapped this photo of transient orca T165 in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary back in April. Are you enjoying your Saturday as much as these Risso's dolphins in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Fishing entanglements, watercraft strikes, and interactions with humans put them at risk. At night, nurse sharks scout the seafloor for crustaceans, mollusks, and other low-lying prey. Which scenic overlook into NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is your favorite? This opalescent nudibranch flashes its opal-fire blue stripes as it crawls across the top of a jeweled top snail. Common murres are usually black and white like the two in the back, but this one gets to make a fashion statement. Although recreational diving is not recommended in NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, there are still ways to explore this special place above and below the surface in our video galleries! Congratulations to Tiffany Duong for not only making the best out of these challenging times but also winning second place in the Sanctuaries at Home Category! We think all marine life is beautiful, especially when it looks like art. When it's a whale shark! There, the whale carcass or skeleton is known as a whale fall. Join us for Get Into Your Sanctuary Days! Comment your guess and we'll reveal the answer on Monday! For example, on Davidson Seamount in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, researchers with Nautilus Live encountered more than a thousand Muusoctopus octopuses tucked into nooks! These fluffy chubsters can do no wrong! Diving can be a great way to explore our beautiful sanctuaries! These osprey in Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary are collecting sticks to build up their nest. The interaction between the individual zooids is so strong that, together, they assume the function of a single, larger organism! Looking for a way to help corals stay healthy? Congratulations to Anne Mary Schaefer for this stunning photo, which placed 2nd in the "Sanctuary Views" category of our Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest. This past October, researchers on the E/V Nautilus were exploring Davidson Seamount in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary when they came across this whale fall at a depth of 10,623 feet. Sunia Ocean Center, is octagonal in shape to match this Siapoâs eight sections (or motifs). We figure there has to be at least 10. It's Invasive Species Week! While their brightly colored tentacles are a beautiful sight, they are actually venomous and are used for capturing prey. When you're exploring your national marine sanctuaries, make sure to keep an eye on your distance from wildlife like sea otters. Armed with aspirations of becoming a cinematographer, Mira, the eldest of four sisters, films her family while war rages in her hometown of Donbas, Ukraine. They're called "great" for a reason! Can you name a more iconic duo? Photo: Michael Beattie, 1st Place Sanctuaries View Category 2019 "2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate!" She was a member of the Reserve Advisory Council from 2001 until her passing in 2010. Before it became visible as the Pale Blue Dot, early Earth may have been aglow in orange, and this might have helped to make it habitable. There's a brand new national marine sanctuary! Brighten up your weekend with this view of NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary! NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary are our three bank sanctuaries that protect areas such as soft seafloor habitats, rocky banks, salt domes, deep sea canyons, and communities of wildlife throughout! These little critters are an important food source for fish, seabirds, and whales alike: during feeding season, blue whales eat two to four TONS of krill each day! The R/V Storm, pictured here, is a NOAA research vessel that uses remotely operated vehicles to explore the sinkholes, and dive deeper (literally) into the history of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The waters off North Carolina have claimed thousands of vessels over the years. Keep your eyes peeled for their bright orange-yellow feet, and you might be able to spot one in NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. One of the biggest threats to humpback whales and other whales is entanglement in fishing gear and other debris. Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, they are one of the most endangered seal species in the world. We snow everyone loves the snowy egret! Donât be in breach of ocean etiquette! This year, we want to highlight the next generation of ocean scientists, like this adventurer in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. As we all focus on staying safe and healthy, we are asking ocean lovers everywhere to do an individual, family, or small-scale, socially distant cleanup in your community, when and where it is safe. Looking for fun and adventure this summer? Photo: J. Moore/NOAA, under NOAA Permit #14682. She her wedding-ring mouth. These beautifully colored fish can actually change their shade from light to dark depending on their environment! A fierce and determined warrior, Kamehameha spent decades navigating tricky alliances and battling powerful chiefs, all in the relentless pursuit to unite and rule the Hawaiian Islands. These technicolor beauties are none other than painted elysias! Here, he's feeding near Atlantic white-sided dolphins -- images like these give a sense of just how big whales like Scoop are! No matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands. Every winter, the beaches of NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and other sanctuaries along the West Coast transform into a mating ground for elephant seals. We had certainly missed them!â. On September 3, 2019, NOAA made history by designating Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, the first national marine sanctuary in almost two decades. Hercules was exploring a whale fall in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuarythat was being scavenged by octopuses, fish, and other animals. You can help by asking restaurants near you to serve lionfish, and learn more here. In response, the sanctuary and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation launched Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys to help professional dive shops lead underwater cleanup efforts in the sanctuary. Fishing and boating offer amazing ways to connect intimately with nature and make unforgettable memories. They can be found in many of your national marine sanctuaries, including NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Usually, it stays in the ocean for a long, long time. A whale watcher's treat: Moments after a 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck California near NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary last month, these humpback whales went into a breaching extravaganza. Historic wrecks like Paul Palmer are time capsules that hold our stories from the past. In NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, common dolphins are known for their impressive acrobatic energy. Today, in addition to serving as living museums, the shipwrecks serve as habitat for animals like ospreys. Photo: Anna Jacobson/Channel Islands Adventure Company. Found in NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, this creature makes for a tasty treat! Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of tropical reef fishes. They orient themselves with the prevailing current so that they can catch tiny food particles. This fantastic creature is rightfully called a blue sea star. Off the coast of California, the misty Greater Farallones provides breeding and feeding grounds for a wide variety of animals, including the iconic white shark. Keep sea otters safe and undisturbed by respecting their space, and their naps! Pop quiz: Is a whale shark a whale or a shark? Let your photography skills glow like this anemone in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by submitting to the Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest! Here, two anemonefish swim over a large sea anemone in NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. This summer, NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary held a "Vet Into Your Sanctuary" fishing trip to bring U.S. military veterans out to the sanctuary. No â gooseneck barnacles! Unlike most seabirds, fairy terns lay their eggs directly onto a surface like a tree branch or cliff ledge, rather than building a traditional nest! They grow to 200 pounds or more and migrate once every two to five years across hundreds of miles of open ocean to mate and nest in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands at French Frigate Shoals.! Happy Jellyfish Day! While this photo isn't this year's first whale, but rather a past visitor to the sanctuary, we hope to have photos soon! Lighthouses, like this one in NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, have helped guide sailors away from danger and into safe harbors for centuries. Make sure you tune in October 3rd-15th when exploration resumes with Nautilus Live in the sanctuary! Opt outside today and immerse yourself in the outdoors while you #RecreateResponsibly. The sun sets on another beautiful day in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and weâre pretty shore we will never get tired of this view. You donât have to be a scuba diver to enjoy the kelp forests of NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary! Photo: Marine Applied Research and Technology. Happy Monday from this elephant seal in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! But it is really made up of all the colors of the rainbow. Itâs important to keep a safe viewing distance to make sure the wildlife arenât disturbed by our admiration. Not only does NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary protect upwelling zones, intertidal communities, and deep sea coral (just to name a few), this sanctuary also has a rich historical and cultural legacy! This sanctuary was originally created to protect the tiny Fagatele Bay, a hotspot for coral biodiversity. This one was spotted impersonating a shark in NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Dr. Isabella Kauakea Aiona Abbott has been called âthe First Lady of Limu.â She was the first Native Hawaiian to earn a doctorate in science, the first female biology professor at Stanford University, and an internationally recognized authority on marine algae, or limu in Hawaiian, bringing unique ancient Hawaiian knowledge to her studies and teachings. Magalice over 6 years ago. When feeding, they open their mouths wide, creating a funnel that pushes water and prey through their mouth and over their gill rakers. Commit to changing your habits by reducing your use of disposable and single-use plastic items, reusing items, and/or recycling them. Many crinoids can attach themselves to a hard surface, and use their feathery pinnules to catch plankton from the water. Their lack of predators and the protection offered by the monument makes this area one of the safest places for many of these vulnerable seabirds. KuÌ is one of the four major Hawaiian gods and is associated with diverse aspects of the Hawaiian universe such as governance, certain types of fishing and crop production, carving of canoes, long life, and family. Can you give me a ride? Even deep ecosystems far from shore, like this one in NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, can be impacted plastic pollution. These graceful hunters are sure to inspire you to celebrate today. How are you celebrating today? Estuaries like Elkhorn Slough provide food, shelter, migration stopovers, and places to breed for many animals. 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