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Because of its remote location, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a site most people will never see in person. However, photos and videos of the sanctuary are the next best thing.

Below are links to several video pages that show off the spectacular variety of life within the sanctuary. We hope you enjoy your "virtual" visit and come to appreciate these wonderful reefs as much as we do!

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Opening screen shot from video about sanctuary, showing divers, bubbles, brain coral and a bristle worm

Flower Garden Banks Video Series

This page includes educational video segments on specific sanctuary topics:

  • Introduction to the Sanctuary
  • Coral Reefs
  • Underwater Snowstorms (coral spawning)
  • Mantas and Sharks
  • Twilight Zone

Flower Garden Banks Video Series (Spanish)

  • Introducción al Santuario
  • Arrecifes de Coral
  • Nieves Submarinas (desove de coral)
  • Tiburones y Manta Rayas
  • Área Nebulosa


Artificial Reef VideoTube-shaped sponges growing on a platform leg

This page includes video of:

  • High Island A389A - the gas production platform located at East Flower Garden Bank


Fish Videos

Parrotfish faceThis page includes video of:

  • Balloonfish
  • Fishes of Flower Garden and Stetson Banks
  • Invasive Lionfish Talk
  • Queen Angelfish
  • Winter Visitors to Stetson Bank (drop camera footage)

Invertebrate VideosRed and white striped shirmp on reef

This page includes video of:

  • Octopus Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Octopus & Squid
  • Moon Jellies
  • Sanctuary Invertebrates
  • Sea Hares

Sea Turtle Videoshawksbill sea turtle

This page includes video of:

  • Sea Turtles
  • Saving an Entangled Sea Turtle
  • Rehabilitated Hawksbill Releases

Shark & Ray VideosHammerhead shark

This page includes video of:

  • Manta Ray
  • Mobula Ray
  • Sandbar Sharks
  • Spotted Eagle Rays
  • Rays
  • Sharks

Spawning Videos

Christmas tree worm spawning in the middle of a brain coral colony.This page includes video of:

  • 2013 Coral Spawning Cruise
  • Brittle Stars Spawning
  • Corals Spawning
  • Sponges Spawning
  • Christmas Tree Worms Spawning

Drawing showing layers of sediment pushed up into a dome shape.Other Videos

This page includes video of:

  • Mohawk ROV
  • Long-Term Monitoring
  • Salt Dome Formation
  • Dolphins at Stetson Bank
  • Dolphins Riding Bow Waves
  • Secret Reef Exhibit at Tennessee Aquarium
  • Stetson Bank Monitoring Sequence

Title screen from Window in the Waves documentaryWindow in the Waves Documentary

Window in the Waves, the story of the Flower Garden Banks, is a documentary by Todd Richard in association with Louisiana Public Broadcasting. One hundred and ten miles off the Louisiana/Texas coast, the corals of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary rank among the healthiest in the world. Window in the Waves tells the intriguing story of how these coral reefs were formed and why they are crucial to the global environment.

Be sure to check back with us every so often and see what else we've added to the Video Library!

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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