Have you ever looked west off the Sonoma Coast and pondered all that water and what lies beneath the surface? The ocean waters bordering and offshore of the Sonoma Coast are globally significant for the tremendous amount of biodiversity they support. Gaining protections as National Marine Sanctuaries in the 1980s, these precious and vital ocean habitats are still being discovered today. Jennifer Stock, education and outreach coordinator for NOAA’s Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, participated in underwater exploration of the deepwater habitats off the Sonoma Coast in 2017 and 2019. Using photographs from those journeys, she will share an overview of these sanctuaries and take us on a virtual tour of the seafloor to as deep as 10,000 feet.
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