Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • image of A dumbo octopus observed from E/V Nautilus seen near Davidson Seamount.

    A dumbo octopus observed from E/V Nautilus seen near Davidson Seamount.

  • image showing The ROV Hercules from E/V Nautilus illuminates the octopus garden near Davidson Seamount.

    The ROV Hercules from E/V Nautilus illuminates the octopus garden near Davidson Seamount.

  • image of Deep-sea octopuses discovered near Davidson Seamount at 3300 meters below

    Deep-sea octopuses discovered near Davidson Seamount at 3300 meters below

  • image of Deep-sea octopus along the seafloor near Davidson Seamount

    Deep-sea octopus along the seafloor near Davidson Seamount

  • image of Primnoid deep-sea coral found at 3000 meters near Davidson Seamount from E/V Nautilus

    Primnoid deep-sea coral found at 3000 meters near Davidson Seamount from E/V Nautilus

  • image of A giant cusk eel from the deep seen near Davidson Seamount from E/V Nautilus.

    A giant cusk eel from the deep seen near Davidson Seamount from E/V Nautilus.

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Welcome to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! One of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! This "Serengeti of the Sea" stretches along the central coast from San Francisco to Cambria and includes pristine beaches, jewel-like tide pools, lush kelp forests, steep canyons and an offshore seamount teeming with life—from tiny shrimp to giant blue whales. The National Marine Sanctuary System promotes environmental protection, stewardship and ocean research. We invite you to explore and help protect this national undersea treasure.
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