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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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We're # 1 - Best Place to See Aquatic Life

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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.

2017 Marine Art Contest now closed; Traveling Art Exhibit at Highfield Hall in Falmouth

See past winners, visit traveling art show, download art calendar

The annual MME Marine Art Contest, co-sponsored by the sanctuary and with a theme of "Marine Biodiversity at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary" has closed. Look for an announcement of winners at the end of May.

You can also download our 2017 Calendar, featuring winning art from last year's contest. Optimum size is 11"x17", but you can print the document as an 8.5"x11" or 8.5"x14" calendar.

View all past art contest winners here. A traveling show of winning art from the 2016 contest will be on display at Highfield Hall in Falmouth for the month of May and the early part of June.

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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Sand Lance Study
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