Can't get to your national marine sanctuaries? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography and virtual reality, now these underwater treasures are as close as the end of your fingertips. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has launched a virtual dive gallery, complete with immersive 360-degree views of five national marine sanctuaries: American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, and Thunder Bay.
What does wearing a life jacket have in common with preventing oil spills? Wearing life jackets can save people's lives; preventing small oil spills helps protect marine life. The Coast Guard estimates that over 80 percent of the lives lost to drowning could have been preventing by wearing life jackets. In addition to protecting themselves and their passengers, recreational boaters and other small vessel operators can help protect marine life with a few simple precautions aimed at preventing oil from getting into the water.
The rising and falling of the sea is a phenomenon upon which we can always depend. Tides are the regular rise and fall of the sea surface caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun and their position relative to the earth. There are some factors that cause the tides to be higher than what is "normally" seen from day to day. This bulletin tells you when you may experience higher than normal high tides for the period of time between March and May 2017.
It is with profound sadness that I share with you the news that our beloved colleague, Margaret Davidson, has passed away following a long illness. Margaret was the greatest visionary I ever had the pleasure to meet—and she was a visionary who took action. She was a mentor, confidant, and a friend to me and to many other in the global coastal community.
— Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, National Ocean Service
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