Gray’s Reef on the Road
Gray’s Reef on the Road is a traveling exhibit that invites visitors to interact and learn about Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia’s amazing underwater park! Live Oak Public Libraries is excited to offer this fun and educational experience to our library users for a limited time.
Given the sanctuary’s remote location in the Atlantic Ocean, 19 miles east of Sapelo Island, GA, many people cannot visit easily. Gray’s Reef on the Road connects us to the sanctuary without getting wet. Dive into the exhibit and learn about the brilliant sea creatures that live at the reef! The exhibit will remain on view at Islands Library through the end of July.
About Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) protects a vibrant hard-bottom area off the Georgia coast. Within its waters, scattered rocky outcroppings and ledges as tall as six feet are teeming with marine life. Soft corals, sponges, crabs, lobsters, sea stars and other organisms form a dense tapestry of living creatures that covers the nooks and crannies of Gray’s Reef, giving it the name – “live bottom”.
The reef attracts over 200 species of fish, including black sea bass, snappers, groupers and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species, forage and rest year-round at Gray’s Reef and the reef is within the only known winter calving ground for the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.
For more information, visit www.graysreef.noaa.gov