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Image description: A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Florida. 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, which established the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary system.
Photo from NOAA

Image description: A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Florida. 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, which established the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary system.

Photo from NOAA

Watch live as the Okeanos Explorer, a NOAA research ship, investigates deep-sea habitats and marine life.

Image description: Divers inspect a large purple soft coral protruding from the surrounding rock wall.
Image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Explorer Pacific Deep Reefs Exploration 2011

Image description: Divers inspect a large purple soft coral protruding from the surrounding rock wall.

Image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Explorer Pacific Deep Reefs Exploration 2011

Image description: This young green sea turtle swims under the Midway Island Pier in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawaii.
Photo by Greg McFall, NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Image description: This young green sea turtle swims under the Midway Island Pier in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawaii.

Photo by Greg McFall, NOAA’s National Ocean Service