March 2018 Newsletter
Sea to Shining Sea Newsletter - March 2018
Under a watchful eye, the coral reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary show signs of resilience
Despite global coral reef decline in recent decades, East Flower Garden Bank and West Flower Garden Bank have long been recognized as some of the healthiest coral reef communities in the world. These areas have suffered minimally from hurricanes, coral bleaching, and disease, while supporting a relatively diverse and abundant populations of marine animals.
The USS Monitor: A feat of naval ingenuity and the first national marine sanctuary
The story of the USS Monitor, one Civil-War-era vessel that rests in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, juxtaposes a great human accomplishment with the unmatchable power of nature. Monitor was created with such an ingenious design that it ensured John Ericsson’s place in history as one of the best naval engineers of the 19th century. But nature, along with a series of unfortunate circumstances, sealed the destiny of Monitor – but also led to its place in the National Marine Sanctuary System.
Cataloging the depths of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
What inhabits the depths of the ocean? Even the most popular sanctuaries like Monterey Bay hold mysteries offshore. Twenty-eight miles beyond the California coast lies Sur Ridge, an underwater feature that is home to a wide variety of marine life. Expeditions of the deep regale tales of an underwater oasis and an ecosystem that is absolutely stunning.
Visit Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
In Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, you can snorkel, dive, paddle, and more -- all while exploring our nation's maritime history. Get into your sanctuary today!