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spawning at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Each year eight nights around the full moon in August between
the hours of 8-9 p.m., several species of coral release their
gametes, causing an underwater snowstorm. Recreational divers
first discovered and reported this phenomenon in the Atlantic
corals within the sanctuary in 1990.
the Florida Keys, several coral species have a spectacular
form of reproduction--they spawn synchronously, late at night,
often during the week after the full moon during August or
of all kinds are abundant in California coastal waters as
the oceanic season begins and upwelling winds
start to relax. Through early November in the Gulf of the
Farallones, Cordell Bank, and Monterey Bay Sanctuaries.
whales court and calve in Fagatele Bay Sanctuary,
August through October
and humpback whales return from Mexico and Central America
to their summer feeding grounds in the Gulf of the Farallones
and Cordell Bank and Monterey Bay Sanctuaries. Through October.
Murre chicks have fledged and are following their
dads around the sanctuary learning how to catch food. Gulf
of the Farallones and Cordell Bank Sanctuaries. Through September.
Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary
personnel perform monitoring intertidal of invertebrates and
algae on the Farallon Islands.
shark season at the Farallon Islands as molting elephant
seals start to concentrate at haul out sites. Through November.
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Sportfisher folk catch halibut in Tomales
Bay and striped bass from coastal beaches, Gulf of the Farallones
Pacific salmon start their
spawning migration up the Sacramento River system. Northern
Monterey Bay and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries
Whale sharks occasionally
seen in Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary during warm months of
August through early October.
June through August many species of jellies
appear and drift in the nutrient rich waters in the Cordell
Bank Marine Sanctuary. Black footed Albatross are most abundant
in Sanctuary waters . While Sooty Shearwaters blanket the
food rich waters of the California Coast by the millions through
September as they continue on their circumnavigation of the
Pacific ending up in Chile to nest.
Calm winds and seas become more frequent
near the end of summer in Channel Islands National Marine
Humpback whales (Megaptera
novaengliae) feed in rich, upwelled waters of Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary (May through August).
(Puffinus creatopus) and Sooty Shearwaters
(Puffinus griseus) visit the Santa Barbara Channel
from the southern hemisphere (May through October).
Ashy Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma homochroa)
and Black Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma melania)
visit the Santa Barbara Channel (mid-May to mid-October).
Endangered Least Terns (Sterna antillarum
browni) can be seen in the Channel Islands region
(May through August).
Red-Necked Phalaropes (Phalaropus
lobatus) can be seen in the Santa Barbara Channel
in the spring (April and May) and fall (August through October).