Expedition Wrap-Up: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Lush ledges adorned in elegant glass sponges, curlicue corals, and blooming mushroom corals brighten the depths of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Peer over our researchers' shoulders in this short expedition recap to learn more about the unusual habitats revealed and unique technologies deployed during our August exploration.
Continuing north along the California coast to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS), offshore the San Francisco Bay Area, Nautilus will visually survey deep-water habitat that has never been explored and characterize habitat, species, and communities. Recently expanded to protect 1,286 square miles of offshore habitat including continental shelf, Cordell Bank, and Bodega Canyon, as well as smaller canyons along the continental slope, most newly added areas of CBNMS have not been explored.