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NOAA's Sanctuaries Collection
Catalog of Images

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Marbled grouper
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Spotted drum
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Threespot damselfish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 September
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Angelfish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Black grouper
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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American whitespotted filefish swimming upside down. See image sanc0439.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 September
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American whitespotted filefish swimming rightside up. See image sanc0438.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 September
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Bar jack
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Smooth trunkfish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Smooth trunkfish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 September
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Smooth trunkfish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Spotfin butterfly fish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 September
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Tiger grouper
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 September
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This close-up image of symmetrical brain coral (Diploria strigosa) shows the grooved surface of the coral which os one of its most defining features.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) at East Flower Garden Bank. Each pair of of colorful tree-like appendages are the gills of one animal. Its body, up to a foot long, resides in a tube encased within the coral boulder.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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A cluster of male ruby brittle stars (Ophioderma rubicundum) atop a brain coral. These males will soon release sperm during a night-time spawning event.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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This hermit crab (Paguristes hernancortezi) was found scuttling across the sea floor in deeper areas of Flower Garden Banks NMS. The photo was taken with an ROV.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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A close-up look at the eye stalks of a queen conch (Strombus gigas) observed in a sand flat at West Flower Garden Bank.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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This murex, a type of marine snail, is sitting atop a bright red sponge at Stetson Bank.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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A red night shrimp (Cinetorhynehus manningi) perched on the reef.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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A sea hare (Aplysia morio) swimming at Stetson Bank.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Fire coral (Millepora alcicornis) covers a rocky pinnacle at Stetson Bank. The coral-spong communities of Stetson Bank were added to Flower Garden Banks NMS in 1996.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Spiny lobster
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 June 28
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Spiny lobster
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2006 June 28
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A tiger grouper (Mycteroperca tigris) pauses at a fish cleaning station so small neon gobies (Gobiosoma oceanops) can remove parasites, dead skin, etc.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Redlip blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus) often perch on their pelvic fins on top of coral heads.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2001
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Creole wrasse
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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A scuba diver swims amid a school of fish
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. A close view of the brine lake and its apparent salt encrustations.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. The brine pool flows through a channel to a deep part of Flower Garden Bank.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. Areas of apparent salt encrustation and bacteria on the sea floor beneath the brine lake.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. One edge of the brine lake.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. A pool of super-saline water visible in the channel leading away from the brine lake.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. Ripples visible across the surface of this pool of briny water within the ocean.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Brine seep at East Flower Garden Bank. Salt encrustations surrounding a pool of briny water.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Mud volcano caused by methane gas bubbling up through the sea floor with a resultant small cone that looks similar to a lava producing volcano. The plumes are of methane gas pushing up an accompanying cloud of sediment.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Close up view of the gas plume emanating from a mud volcano. The shiny top is a bubble of gas.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Bubbles of methane gas pushing up sediment from the crater of a mud volcano.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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A large bubble of methane gas emanating upward from the crater of a mud volcano.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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A fish swimming above the overflow channel streaming down the side of a mud volcano. Note what appear to be well-defined levees on the sides of the channel. Numerous holes on the side of the mud volcano might be indicative of faunal activity.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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The coral cap at West Flower Garden Bank.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Black corals and octocorals are found in deep water communities in the vicinity of Flower Garden Banks.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Wire coral (Stichopathes leutkeni), a black coral, with two curled up basket stars attached in the deep water environment in the vicinity of Flower Garden Banks.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Excavation pit left by treasure hunters searching for the supposed wreck of a Spanish galleon on Bright Bank.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2007 March
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Dan Basta, director of the National Marine Sanctuary Program, standing at the chart table of the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary R/V MANTA during shakedown cruise operations at Bellingham, Washington.
Washington, Bellingham 2008 March
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Captain Chuck Curry at the helm of the R/V MANTA during shakedown operations near Bellingham, Washington.
Washington, Bellingham 2008 March
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National Marine Sanctuary Director Dan Basta takes the first leap from the diving platform of the R/V MANTA in Lake Washington. Sanctuary Director G.P. Schmahl is suited up for the second leap.
Washington, Bellingham 2008 March
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Sanctuary superintendent G.P. Schmahl welcomes everyone and gives an overview of the capabilities of the R/V MANTA at official dedication ceremony .
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2008 June 27
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Tim Keeney, NOAA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at dedication ceremony of R/V MANTA.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2008 June 27
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The MANTA underway doing a 360 off Pier 21 Galveston.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2008 June 27

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