Monterey Bay and Stellwagen Bank Nominated as Favorite Places to See Aquatic Life

Northern elephant seals
Northern elephant seals. Photo: Mike Baird/NOAA
humpback whale breaching
Humpback whale. Photo: NOAA, taken under NOAA Fisheries permit #14245

Monterey Bay and Stellwagen Bank national marine sanctuaries have been nominated by USA Today in their latest 10Best travel award contest! The 10Best panel of experts selected Monterey Bay and Stellwagen Bank as a contenders for Best Place To See Aquatic Life. Both of these sanctuaries are spectacular places to view humpback whales and other marine life!

Voting ends Monday, March 28 at 11:59 AM EDT; the winners will be announced on 10-Best on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm and then later on USA TODAY. You can vote EVERY Day, but only once a day. Cast your votes for Monterey Bay and Stellwagen Bank:


View the full list of nominees. For more aquatic life photos and videos check out Earth is Blue.

sea otters
Sea otters. Photo: NOAA
harbor seal
Harbor seal. Photo: Elliott Hazen/NOAA Fisheries Permit #14245