Garibaldi in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

The garibaldi is lucky enough to be protected not only within the boundaries of our marine sanctuaries, but by California state law as well. They are intensely curious about divers and are known for being very aggressive when defending their territory or eggs. During the spring, these feisty fish will vigorously defend their nests from unwelcome guests - no matter how large. Photo courtesy of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.