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Images of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

great egret

Though teeming with migratory birds in winter, many animals make their home in the slough year-round. Worms, clams and shrimp support a food web of thousands of different kinds of animals. Calm slough waters offer a protective nursery for more than 80 species of fishes. Some birds, like this great egret, nest here in spring and forage in the slough all year long.


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