MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the ocean’s equivalent of a national park. It has been preserved in its natural state as the public’s marine playground. No matter which aquatic experience you prefer – sailing, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, or just splashing around – Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is your 6,000 square mile recreation center.
The largest marine sanctuary in the United States, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) stretches for 276 miles along California’s coast and is home to 4 turtle species, 34 species of marine mammal, 94 seabird species, 345 fish species, over 450 species of marine plants, and 31 phyla of invertebrates. The largest kelp forest in the United States and one of the largest underwater canyons in North America are both located in the MBNMS, as well as one of the largest known seamounts in the US, the Davidson Seamount.