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The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is a large expanse of Pacific Ocean along with nearshore tidal flats, rocky intertidal areas, wetlands, subtidal reefs, and coastal beaches. The Farallon Islands, 30 miles (26 nautical miles) west of the Golden Gate Bridge in the south central part of the sanctuary, are a national wildlife refuge, offering resting and breeding sites for marine mammals and seabirds, lured by nutrient-rich waters. The sanctuary has thousands of seals and sea lions, and is home to the largest concentration of breeding seabirds in the continental U.S. The resources are protected by managing human activities that may damage habitat and species, by supporting restoration projects to revitalize disturbed areas, and by monitoring programs that provide information to assess changes from natural and human disturbance.

The photo gallery contains images which portray only a small portion of the living and physical resources of the sanctuary. In addition, it portrays some of the major uses of the sanctuary, images of the 1999 sustainable seas expedition, and the artwork of children who have visited. For a more detailed description of the marvels of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary visit the Gulf of the Farallones description in the Marine Sanctuaries section of this site.


The Collection

The Living Sanctuary presents 21 photos depicting marine mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates, and algae. Among these images are elephant seals, white sharks, black-necked stilts, rockfish, giant green anemone, and pelicans, to name just a few.

Habitats presents 18 photos depicting the various marine and nearshore habitats making up the sanctuary. Included in this section you will find images of seafloor topography, rocky intertidal areas, kelp rafts, seal haul out sites, and many other beautiful natural scenes.

People and the Sanctuary presents 23 images depicting the many ways that human beings utilize the sanctuary and its adjacent areas. You will see people recreating, working, volunteering their time, and learning the important lessons that the sanctuary has to offer.

The Sustainable Seas Expeditions presents 37 images depicting the submersible launches, training, topside activities, and interaction with the general public. These images are from both the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones expeditions due to the fact that both sanctuaries were explored during the same mission.

The Kids Gallery presents 5 submissions. Please browse the 3 poems and 2 drawings submitted by school aged kids from the San Francisco area.


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