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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 (Diodon holocanthus)
  • Fishes of Flower Garden and Stetson Banks
  • Invasive Lionfish Talk (Pterois sp.)
  • Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)
  • Winter Visitors to Stetson Bank (drop camera footage)

Invertebrate VideosRed and white striped shirmp on reef

This page includes video of:

  • Sanctuary Invertebrates
  • Moon Jellies (Aurelia aurita)
  • Octopus & Squid (Octopus filosus, Loligo plei)
  • Sea Hares (Aplysia sp.)
  • Invasive Cup Coral Talk (Tubastraea sp.)

NW Gulf Banks VideosSponges on the reef

This page includes video of:

  • ROV Explorations at Alderdice Bank
  • ROV & Submersible Explorations at Sonnier Bank
  • ROV Explorations at McGrail Bank

Sea Turtle Videoshawksbill sea turtle

This page includes video of:

  • Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta, Eretmochelys imbricata)
  • Saving an Entangled Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
  • Rehabilitated Hawksbill Releases (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Shark & Ray VideosHammerhead shark

This page includes video of:

  • Sharks (Sphyrna lewini, Rhincodon typus, Carcharhinus sp.)
  • Rays (Aetobatus narinari, Manta birostris, Dasyatis americana, Dasyatis centroura)

Spawning Videos

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

  • Brittle Stars (Ophioderma squamosissimus, Ophioderma rubicundum)
  • Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus giganteus)
  • Corals
  • 2013 Coral Spawning Trip
  • Sponges (Xestospongia muta, Agelas clathrodes)

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
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