Seafloor Swarming, Crawling, and Camouflaging in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Octopus perched on cliff walls. Rockfish reclined in glass sponges. Flapjack octopus flopped into the sediment. Clouds of krill chased by rockfish--and even sea stars! Surveying the seafloor of the Point Arena region of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary revealed both known and new species interactions in this extreme ecosystem located offshore San Francisco.
This is a joint project visiting two distinct national marine sanctuaries off the coast of California. The region of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) comprises one of the world’s most productive and biologically rich ocean areas and protects over 700 species of fish and deep benthic species. NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries are responsible for protecting the biological and cultural resources within their boundaries.