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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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Volunteer of the Year Recognized

Matt Stout receiving award from GP SchmahlTexas A&M Galveston student Matthew Stout was recently recognized as the sanctuary's Volunteer of the Year.

Matt came to us through the university's scientific diving program and served as a research diver for many sanctuary trips. He volunteered a total of more than 250 hours in both research and outreach activities in 2013.

Learn More about Matt

Man holding a sea turtle about to be releasedCelebrating Sea Turtles

This year, NOAA Fisheries is celebrating Sea Turtle Week in recognition of World Sea Turtle Day on June 16th.

As part of that celebration, we'd like to highlight the help we have provided in releasing rehabilitated sea turtles in the last couple of years.

Sea Turtle Release photos

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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