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NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Puffin Invasion 2007 (60KB)

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Puffin Invasion 2007: Summary of Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) mortality event based on gross examination

Phillips, E., H. Nevins, and D. Jessup (July 2007)

Beach COMBERS Technical Report


During late March to late June 2007, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's BeachCOMBERS program documented increased numbers of Horned Puffins (Fratercula corniculata) washing up dead on beaches. To date, 27 Horned and 4 Tufted Puffins (F. cirrhata) have been found dead on beach surveys within the Sanctuary, in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo counties. An additional 6 Horned Puffins have been brought to rehabilitation centers in the area, where all have died shortly after arrival. This event provided the Central California Marine Bird Health Study with a unique opportunity to gather basic information about the species.