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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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Gifts of the Gardens

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a place of beauty and wonder that you can unwrap any day of the year. We invite you to dive in virtually or in person. Either way, we guarantee you'll like what you see.

We've even created a few holiday treats for you to share:
12 Days of Fishmas
Holiday Poinsettia

Elf doll under a Christmas tree holding a toy fishElf From the Shelf

What are an Elf's favorite fish?

In 2013, a little Elf From the Shelf paid us a visit and filled us in.

Check out his adventures with fish counting, lionfishing, diving, driving, winching and decorating.

You won't be disappointed!

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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