Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • image of a humpback whale breaching

    A humpback whale breaching in MBNMS

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

    Deep-sea octopus along the seafloor near Davidson Seamount

  • image showing a map of both MBNMS and Davidson Seamount.

    Map of MBNMS with Davidson Seamount in the front

  • image of water fall at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Beach

    Julia Pfieffer Burns State Beach

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

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

News & Upcoming Events

The Coastal Discovery Center Will Be Closed for Updates and Annual Maintenance Jan 12th–Feb 8th 2024
For questions, contact Sophia Barwegen at sophia.barwegen@noaa.gov (1/29/2024)


MBNMS Is Looking For A Web Accessibility Intern!!
Please check out this page for more info (2/7/2024)


Get Involved and Go Outdoors for Snapshot Day 2024!
Please check out this page for information and training dates. (2/6/2024)


Looking for something meaningful to do with your time? BECOME AN MBNMS VOLUNTEER! Tune in to our virtual webinar for more information (1/29/2024)


MBNMS Marine Debris Final Report 2023 Now Available! (10/24/2023)


MBNMS Is Looking For Interns!! Please check out our Research and Web Accessibility intern pages for more info. (7/7/2023)
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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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Reviewed: September 08, 2023
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