Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
is an area of 449 sq miles of marine wildlife centered on an offshore granite outcrop which is, at its closest point, 6 miles from Point Reyes, CA. The outcrop (discovered by Edward Cordell) is where the ocean bottom rises to within 120 feet of the surface. It has been protected as a sanctuary since 1989.
The unique blend of ocean conditions and undersea topography
creates a rich and diverse underwater ecosystem. The sanctuary serves as a breeding ground for migratory marine mammals, birds, and fish.
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