The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary has always intrigued visitors. The ship's historic significance has captured the attention of researchers and archaeologists since it was first discovered. However, due to its remote location, it is a difficult area to study on a regular basis. Although unpredictable weather and harsh conditions can often be deterrents, there is still much to be learned about the Monitor and the area that surrounds the shipwreck. Therefore, many expeditions were made to the Monitor over the years. Today, researchers and archaeologists continue to study the site, and each expedition has revealed new information that gives a deeper understanding of the Monitor's legacy.
To learn more about expeditions to the Monitor click here.
Sanctuary Science Needs Assessment
From general exploration and habitat characterization to investigations of specific research questions to routine monitoring, science plays a vital role in making informed resource management decisions. To learn more about the science needs for critical management issues, click here.
Battle of the Atlantic Expeditions
Since 2008, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and various partners have worked together to document and survey World War II shipwrecks that sank off the North Carolina coast. In the fall of 2015, NOAA announced that the multi-year team effort had yielded the discovery of two significant shipwrecks: the German U-boat 576 and the tanker Bluefields. This discovery offers a rare window into a historic military battle and the underwater battlefield landscape of WWII.
To learn more about the early Battle of the Atlantic expeditions (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) visit the expedition site.
Diamond Shoals Lightship LV-71
In September 2015, NOAA and the Bureau of Energy Management along with the United States Coast Guard, East Carolina University and UNC Coastal Studies Institute will survey Diamond Shoals Lightship LV-71.
To learn more about the expedition to document and survey LV-71 click here.