West Coast Field Guide of the National Marine Sanctuaries

Our five West Coast national marine sanctuaries encompass nearly 12,000 square miles of ocean, which includes hundreds of miles of dramatic coastline. Teeming with life and filled with history, they offer countless opportunities for exploration, recreation and contemplation.

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From left to right: Marbled Godwits; Photo, Peggy Hansen. Rocky Intertidal; Photo, Coke Smith. Wetlands; Photo, Dan Howard. Harbor Seal in Kelp; Photo, Douglas Klug. Angel Shark; Photo, Scott Roush. Jelly; Photo, Steve Fisher. Squid; Photo, Jamie Hall.

This guide will introduce you to the natural and cultural wonders of your national marine sanctuaries. Whether you're traveling on foot or bicycle, by car or by boat, above water or diving below, it can lead you to new discoveries and a greater appreciation of these ocean treasures.

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Anacapa Sunrise. Photo: Keith Berson

Learn more about the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast through this downloadable west coast field guide (pdf, 9.9 MB). Explore the habitats, wildlife and culture of the five sanctuaries in California and Washington State, and how they are all interconnected by ocean currents. Also discover how to practice daily conservation and get involved.

From left to right: Seastars. Photo Joe Heath; Kelp. Photo: Susan Lang; Pinnipeds. Photo: Roger Conrad; Western Gull. Photo: Chuck Graham; Garibaldi. Photo: Laurie C Van De Werfhorst.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of this product, please contact: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
West Coast Regional Office
99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 100, Suite F
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-1920

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