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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, CA

National Ocean Service

Overview

The waters that swirl around the five islands within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary combine warm and cool currents to create an exceptional breeding ground for many species of plants and animals. Forests of giant kelp are home to numerous populations of fish and invertebrates. Every year over 27 species of whales and dolphins visit or inhabit the sanctuary including the rare blue, humpback and sei whales. On the islands, seabird colonies and pinniped rookeries flourish while overhead brown pelicans and Western gulls search the water for food. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is located 25 miles (22 nautical miles) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Visitors to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctury can enjoy recreational opportunities such as tidepooling, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.

Recreational Activities:

  • BOATING
  • DIVING
  • FISHING
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • PADDLING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE
  • SNORKELING
  • SWIMMING
  • WATER SPORTS
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING

Address:

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514
Santa Barbara,CA,93106-6155
Phone: (805) 966-7107
Email: channelislands@noaa.gov

Directions:

About 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, California

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