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the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, scientists look
for possible spawning of elkhorn and staghorn corals
(Acropora palmata) and (A. cervicornis) and
star coral spawning (Montastrea spp).
coral spawning cruise in the Flower Garden Banks National
Marine Sanctuary. Each year eightnights after the full moon
in August between the hours of 8 -9 p.m.; several species
of coral release their gametes. The event has been described
as an "underwater snowstorm." Recreational divers first discovered
this phenomenon within the sanctuary in 1990. In the Florida
Keys, several coral species have a spectacular form of reproduction
&endash; they spawn synchronously, late at night, often during
the week after the full moon during August or September.
humpback and blue whale sightings, relaxation period at Cordell
Bank begins. This becomes the best time of year to visit Cordell
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.
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.
folk catch halibut in Tomales Bay and striped
bass from coastal beaches, Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary.
salmon start their spawning migration up the Sacramento
River system. Northern Monterey Bay and Gulf of the Farallones
National Marine Sanctuaries through September.
Whale sharks occasionally
seen in Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary during warm months of
August through early October.
From 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).
Shearwaters (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).