We invite you to explore our various media galleries, and if you find yourself inspired, to try your hand at describing your national marine sanctuary through one of these artistic avenues.

Earth is Blue logo

Earth Is Blue

Our planet is an ocean planet: Earth is Blue. The National Marine Sanctuary System protects some of the most iconic underwater places throughout the United States, but we can't do it without you. No matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands. We hope the images of Earth Is Blue inspire you to help care for our ocean and to spread the word that Earth isn't green - it's blue.

Earth Is Blue
whales feeding


Professional, amateur, and NOAA photographers capture images of animals, people, and habitats. View some of our favorite shots.

View photo galleries
A  whale watching vessel in stellwagen bank

Videos and Virtual Reality

Watch Earth is Blue, Stories from the Blue, the National Marine Sanctuary System YouTube Channel, and other videos.

Video and VR gallery
a painting of micro organisms


Admire artistic creations from professional artists and student winners of the annual marine art contest.

View art galleries
map of stellwagen bank national marine sanctuary


Explore our collection of new and historic maps of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region.

View maps
a sunset over the ocean


The ocean is not a silent world as once believed. It is filled with the noises of communicating sea life, natural phenomena, like rain and waves, and human activities. These actions create a symphony of sound. Listen to the music of the sanctuary here including an musical "eco-cycles" game.

Whales swim near a large ship


Listen to some sanctuary sounds and find out where you can hear more.