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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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Seaside Chats 2015

FGBNMS Traveling ExhibitSeaside Chats will take place at Moody Gardens' Aquarium Pyramid again this year so that we can show off our brand new Traveling Exhibit about the sanctuary.

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Feb 4: Taking the Reef on the Road
Feb 11: What's in a Name?
Feb 18: Expanding Sanctuary Horizons

More information on each of these topics is available on our Calendar of Events.

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Scuba divers in 1960 23 Years!

On January 17, 2015 Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary will be 23 years old. My, how time flies!!

Although exploration at the Flower Gardens and Stetson Bank goes back much farther, it wasn't until 1992 that sanctuary designation was official.

Stay tuned for more adventures!

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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