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Flower Gardens

Flower Gardens, Part 1 (Windows Media) | Flower Gardens, Part 1 (Real Media)

Flower Gardens, Part 2 (Windows Media) | Flower Gardens, Part 2 (Real Media)

flower garden banks national marine sanctuary map
the location of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
3D imagery of the East Flower Garden Bank Red area represents the coral reef cap.
3D imagery of the East Flower Garden Bank Red area represents the coral reef cap. (3D images courtesy of the USGS)
3D imagery of the West Flower Garden Bank Red area represents the coral reef cap.
3D imagery of the West Flower Garden Bank Red area represents the coral reef cap. (3D images courtesy of the USGS)
Stetson Bank
Stetson Bank

Notice uplifted remnants of the original salt dome (3D images courtesy of the USGS)

Typical coral coverage and reef structure of the Flower Garden Banks
Typical coral coverage and reef structure of the Flower Garden Banks
image ofhard coral coverage
Note extensive hard coral coverage (in excess of 50%)
Hard bottom coverage of Stetson Bank
Hard bottom coverage of Stetson Bank. Note lack of reef building corals and extensive algal and sponge coverage
One of the many pinnacles at Stetson Bank
One of the many pinnacles at Stetson Bank
hammerhead sharks
All three banks are populated by both reef fishes and pelagic species such as these scalloped hammerhead sharks (photo courtesy of Frank and Joyce Burek)
king mackerel observed at Stetson Bank
Another pelagic species, king mackerel observed at Stetson Bank (photo courtesy of Frank and Joyce Burek)
image of manned submersible
Most of the Sactuary is too deep to be observed using SCUBA so we are beginning to use ROV's and manned submersibles to better study and monitor the Sanctuary
flower garden banks logo
Office of National Marine Sancturaies, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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