Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary may not be accessible to most people, but its importance in the marine ecosystem is emphasized through education and outreach programs. The sanctuary staff works to get ocean literacy based programs into schools and informal programs by working with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and local partners. Through exhibits, radio programs, teacher workshops/programs, field
seminars, and occasional lectures and films, the sanctuary staff hopes to reach as many people as possible to emphasize the importance of a healthy ocean in our lives.
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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary occasionally offers or partners with other marine education organizations to offer a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers, including Teacher at Sea Opportunities.
Curriculum and activities including Winged Ambassadors - Ocean Literacy Through the Eyes of Albatross.
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Games and activities that are available to learn more about the sanctuary.
Tune into the Sanctuary Radio Program with Ocean Currents.
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Learn about the sanctuary, the environment and the inhabitants.
Coastal California has a rich history of native Americans and early settlers utilizing the marine environment. For millions of years, Cordell Bank was an unknown mystery hidden beneath the waves.
The productive ecosystem off the coast of California has three oceanographic seasons: upwelling season in the spring and early summer, relaxation in the late summer and fall, and the storm season in winter.
Cordell Bank, the center piece of the sanctuary, is an offshore rocky bank roughly 4.5 miles wide by 9.5 miles long covering an area of approximately 26 square miles.
The continental shelf is the gradually sloping submerged part of the continent that extends from the shore to the shelf break.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is situated on the Pacific Plate and Cordell Bank is the most prominent geological feature rising above the seafloor in the sanctuary.
The habitats in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary support an abundance of fishes. The area around Cordell Bank supports more than 180 species.
Invertebrate cover on the upper reef areas can exceed 100 percent as sponges, corals, sea squirts, anemones, and hydroids compete for space.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary's food-rich waters make it a major feeding destination for thousands of local and highly migratory seabirds.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary has diverse and abundant marine mammal species including 13 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and five species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions).