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Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Quiz


Click on an answer (1 to 4) for each question. You will get immediate feedback on the whether or not you have given a correct or incorrect response. Keep track of your correct answers and check your score at the end of this quiz.

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1. Henry Stellwagen mapped the entirety of the Bank in which years?

  1. 1789-90

  2. 1825-26

  3. 1854-55

  4. 1915-16


2. Endangered right whales come to the Sanctuary and Cape Cod Bay in January-April to feed on...

  1. calanoid copepods

  2. sand lance

  3. lion's mane jellies

  4. shortfin squid


3. The World Wildlife Fund has called this area one of the top 10 whalewatching sites in the world. What whales are commonly seen in the summer whalewatching season?

  1. right whales, belugas and sperm whales

  2. orcas, sei and blue whales

  3. humpbacks, finbacks and minke whales

  4. pilot, bowhead and pygmy sperm whales


4. What type of dolphin can be seen in pods of over 50 animals, and sometimes in super pods numbering up to 1,000?

  1. white-beaked

  2. bottlenose

  3. Atlantic white-sided

  4. common


5. What are the deepest and shallowest depths in the Sanctuary?

  1. 100 feet / 30 feet

  2. 300 feet / 15 feet

  3. 600 feet / 65 feet

  4. 1,000 feet / 300 feet


6. What year was Stellwagen Bank designated a National Marine Sanctuary?

  1. 1972

  2. 1975

  3. 1982

  4. 1992


7. What types of fish are not normally found in the Sanctuary?

  1. Atlantic cod, winter flounder and blue shark

  2. Goosefish, wolffish, and spiny dogfish

  3. Acadian redfish, silver hake, mako shark

  4. Queen angelfish, moray eel and grouper


8. When was the geological origin of Stellwagen Bank?

  1. 5,000 years ago

  2. 18,000 years ago

  3. 100,000 years ago

  4. 1.5 million years ago


9. What activity is not prohibited in the Sanctuary?

  1. incineration of trash

  2. sand and gravel mining

  3. transferring of petroleum protucts

  4. discharging of fish wastes


10. What types of sharks are not found in the Sanctuary?

  1. mako and basking sharks

  2. smooth dogfish and whale sharks

  3. spiny dogfish and porbeagles

  4. blue and thresher sharks


11. Which summer bird flies down to southern South America and Antarctica for our winter?

  1. Wilson's storm petrel

  2. Common tern

  3. Manx shearwater

  4. Herring gull


12. What type of whale uses a feeding technique called "bubble net feeding" in the Sanctuary?

  1. finback whale

  2. humpback whale

  3. minke whale

  4. right whale


13. Whalewatching guidelines suggest that if one boat is 100 feet from a whale, two other boats can stay in a standby zone that is this far away from the whale...

  1. 150-500 feet

  2. 200-400 feet

  3. 300-600 feet

  4. 400-800 feet


14. Which of these whales is not considered endangered?

  1. humpback whale

  2. finback whale

  3. minke whale

  4. sei whale


15. How many areas have been designated National Marine Sanctuaries?

  1. 8

  2. 13

  3. 16

  4. 20


How did you do on our quiz?

15 Correct: Hooray! You are a Stellwagen Sanctuary Star.

11-14 Correct: Great job! Keep checking our web page for new and exciting information about the Sanctuary.

6-10 Correct: Good, but not great. You may like to read about the many fascinating resources, uses and stories about the Sanctuary on this web page.

0-5 Correct: Oops! Time to take a more in-depth look at the wb page for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the only such marine protected area in the northeast.

Page last modified by the Stellwagen Web team on
July 23, 2004

Revised July 23, 2004 by
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