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Welcome to the National Marine Sanctuaries web site. Here you'll discover the marine life and extraordinary habitats that make up your nation's marine sanctuaries and our continuing efforts to conserve these ocean and coastal treasures.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Hawai`i, lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats. Through education, research and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i.
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arrow Robyn Walters Recognized as National Volunteer of the Year

February 19, 2014~ Successful Humpback Whale Rescue

Adult humpback whale is entangled in hundreds of feet of line.
Watch more videos and read the rest of the story on how trained responders free a 40-ton animal.

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