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Our mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the biological diversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy of the sanctuary while facilitating compatible use.

Photo: A cunner hides among the marine invertebrates covering the remains of a shipwreck in the sanctuary.

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Stellwagen Sanctuary Film Fest

Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Sanctuary Annex, Sunset Road & 175 Edward Foster Road
July 19: Sonic Sea
July 26: Ocean Frontiers
August 2: Lightning Strikes Twice: The Real Life Sequel to Moby Dick and Tragedies in the Mist
August 9: Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification and Nature's Keepers
August 16: Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures: America's Underwater Treasures
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We're jumping for joy! Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary was voted Best Place to See Aquatic Life in USA Today's latest 10-Best Reader's Choice travel awards contest. The sanctuary's popularity as a world-renowned whale watching site generated support from a wide ranging voting public. The consistent sightings and active behaviors of some of the largest animals on the planet make an ocean safari to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary a trip to remember. Click here to read the story.
Sister Sanctuary Program    
For the first time, international marine sanctuaries are joining together to protect a migratory marine mammal species – the humpback whale – on both ends of its range.
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Hear sounds made by humans and whales in the marine environment.

Whale Alert App

Whale Alert app to aid mariners and protect right whales

Whale Sense

WHALE SENSE is a program for responsible whale-watching from Maine to Virginia. External Website

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Stellwagen Bank was named one of the world’s Top 10 Whale Watching Sites according to USA Today.

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Save Whales at Stellwagen BankExternal Website




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Top Place to See Aquatic Life
Draft Ocean Plan Released
Summer Film Fest in Annex
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