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OCEAN DISCOVERY DAY 2008

The 2nd annual NOAA Ocean Discovery Day was held in March 2008 at the NOAA Galveston Lab. Staff from NOAA Fisheries, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network showed off their work and entertained guests with activities and information. Special guests included author and illustrator Jacqui Stanley and illustrator Joel Hickerson.

The following pictures highlight the activities hosted by Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in 2008.

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Photo credits: Schmahl/FGBNMS

2 advisory council members hand a reusable grocery bag to a visitor.  A reduce, reuse, recycle sign is visible in the background.
Sanctuary Advisory Council members Art Melvin and Page Williams give a visitor a reusable grocery bag as part of the Blue Seas/Green Communities effort.
A sanctuary volunteer seated across the table from a young man that he is teaching to tie sailor's knots.
Captain Ken teaches a young man how to tie a variety of sailor's knots.
Sanctuary staff member showing 2 boys models of coral.  A bathymetry map of the sanctuary is visible to the right.
Regional sanctuaries representative Bill Kiene teaches 2 young men about corals using some plastic models.
Sanctuary staff member talking with a visitor about management plan review.  Several bathymetry maps are visible around and above an information table.
Council coordinator Jennifer Morgan talks about the sanctuary's management plan review at a table full of information about the proposed boundary expansion.
A person standing in fron of an easel and drawing a cartoon pufferfish
Special guest Joel Hickerson demonstrates how to draw a cartoon pufferfish.
Joel Hickerson standing in front of 5 tables full of future artists and teaching them how to draw cartoon fish.
Joel Hickerson stands in front of an audience of future artists and explains how to draw cartoon fish.

Volunteer Beverly Schmahl tells ocean stories using puppets.
A group of 7 high school students, their teacher, and 2 sanctuary staff surrounding the group's surfboard with its new NOAA and FGBNMS stickers
Volunteers from North Shore High School Surf Club add a new sticker to their Spirit Board at the end of the day. Sanctuary educators Shelley DuPuy and Kelly Drinnen pose with them (blue shirts).



weather report observations cool stuff get wet


Juvenile blue tang (fish).  Bright yellow body with irridescent blue marking around eye and at top edge of dorsal fin.
   
National Marine Sanctuary logo - a stylized whale tail above waves