Can’t get to your national marine sanctuaries? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography and virtual reality, these underwater treasures now are as close as the tips of your fingers. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has launched a virtual dive gallery, complete with immersive 360-degree views of five national marine sanctuaries: American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray’s Reef, and Thunder Bay.
noaasanctuaries: It may look like a flower, but don’t be fooled! Sea anemones like this one in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary are actually animals, and are closely related to corals and jellies. (Photo: Chad King/NOAA)
noaasanctuaries: (Photo: Paulo Maurin/NOAA, taken in Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument) It’s our birthday! ???? ???? On October 23rd, 1972, Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, officially establis...
noaasanctuaries: Happy Valentine’s Day from your National Marine Sanctuary System! Here, a Hawaiian monk seal and green sea turtle snooze together on a beach in Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument. Photo: Mark Sullivan/NOAA
noaasanctuaries: The deep sea holds strange and wonderful creatures. While diving with a remotely operated vehicle off Salmon Bank in Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research came...