National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Date Posted: March 17, 2016

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Welcome to the beach! Did you know that this beach is part of a network of underwater parks called national marine sanctuaries? The network includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. There are so many beautiful creatures and habitats in national marine sanctuaries! Within these protected waters majestic whales feed and migrate, coral reefs flourish, shipwrecks reveal secrets of our maritime history, and everyone can explore and enjoy the wonders of the sea. To learn more about national marine sanctuaries visit

We’re so excited to play in the waves! Look! The lifeguard has a green flag today. That means it is safe to swim. Beach hazard signs, flags, and the lifeguard can tell us about rip currents, dangerous waves, marine life, or other hazards happening at the beach today. When we pay attention to these signs, we can be safe and have a fantastic time playing in the ocean. For more info on beach safety, visit