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Welcome to a very special place...

Picture yourself over 100 miles from land, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. At times, the seas can be very unforgiving, and the weather can turn foul in an instant. But here, in the midst of this unpredictable Gulf, lie three of the most beautiful and wild places in all the world. Manta rays, whale sharks, coral heads bigger than cars, hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates... This place teems with life!

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U.S. and Cuba to Cooperate
on Sister Sanctuaries

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On November 18, 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between NOAA, the National Park Service, and Cuba's National Center for Protected Areas.

Part of this new MOU establishes sister-sanctuary relationships between Guanahacabibes and Banco de San Antonio in Cuba, and Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys national marine sanctuaries in the United States – recognizing that these places are all inextricably linked through the flow of the ocean.

For more information...

Sanctuaries Article

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Reef on the Road in Angleton

Exhibit on display in Angleton Library

The sanctuary's traveling exhibit, Reef on the Road, is now on display at the Angleton Library in Angleton, TX.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the library has scheduled several public programs.

Name the Manta Contest
November 2015
Download Contest Entry Form

Author Visit: Jesse Cancelmo
"Texas Coral Reefs"

Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.
(Jesse is a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council)

For program information, please contact the library at

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551
p) 409-621-5151
f) 409-621-1316

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French angelfish in foreground; large boulder corals in background.  French angelfish is dinner plate size oval shaped, blue body with body scales bright yellow on their edges.
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