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CALIFORNIA SEAMOUNTS

 

California's seamounts span the state's offshore waters from Tanner and Cortes Banks in southern California to Gorda Ridges in the north, and host a spectacularly diverse variety of marine wildlife and habitats, as well as extraordinary geological features. Endangered sperm, fin and blue whales, angler fish, octopi and sea jellies and extremely long-lived deep-sea corals and sponges are just some of the species that rely upon these valuable habitats. Unfortunately, a significant amount of corals have been damaged by mining and fishing, and recovery time will likely take decades to centuries.