"Twenty nine species of marine mammals and scores of seabird species spend parts of their lives here.."
broad sandy beaches, tide pools, rocky reefs, the open ocean surface and deep sea canyons.
gray whales visit as part of the longest mammal migration on earth and albatross gather food here to return to nestlings on mid-Pacific islands and atolls. Sea otters munch on macro-invertebrates such as urchins, which in turn graze on majestic kelp forests
The same size as Puerto Rico Or The states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined
Native American cultures have lived and prospered in a unique bond with the ocean's bountiful resources. And beginning in the 16th century, European exploration and eventually settlement have left a compelling historical legacy on the Olympic Coast.
"A catastrophic discharge of oil or hazardous materials remains one of the greatest threats facing the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Reducing this threat has always been one of the sanctuary's highest priorities."
To protect the Olympic Coast's natural and cultural resources through responsible stewardship, to conduct and apply research to preserve the area's ecological integrity and maritime heritage, and to promote understanding through public outreach and education
They conduct scientific research in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary for three important reasons: to survey to know what's there (baseline data),
to detect trends, improvements or declines in important resources or changes that are part of larger global processes and
to give us the scientific basis for making important conservation decisions. Our research program includes all of these missions.