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Pristine Seas

National Geographic Pristine Seas is dedicated to protecting the last wild places in the ocean.

We are officially back at sea! We've set sail from Recife, bound for the remote mid-Atlantic island of Ascension. Aboard the Antarctic research ship, the RRS James Clark Ross, we will be surveying and documenting Ascension's offshore and deep-sea environments — including the isolated, biodiversity-rich seamounts. Follow us here as we explore these waters in collaboration with the Ascension Island Conservation Department, the British Antarctic Survey and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Shot courtesy of the Ascension Island Government. @NatGeo #pristineseas #Ascension @paulroseexplorer #expedition #nature #conservation #exploration #BritishAntarcticSurvey @rspb_love_nature
This Endangered Species Day, we're reminded that there is still time to save threatened and endangered species, from the large and charismatic to the lesser-known but equally important microscopic creatures that inhabit the ocean. Pristine Seas is committed to protecting the last wild places in the ocean in hopes of rebuilding populations of threatened and endangered species, such as these Scalloped Hammerhead sharks we encountered on our 2016 expedition to the Galápagos Islands. Shot by @Enric_Sala. #EndangeredSpeciesDay #PristineSeas #Ocean #Science #MPA #Galápagos #Scalloped #Hammerhead #Shark #Exploration #Expedition #Conservation
#TBT to our expedition to Chile's Juan Fernandez Islands, where the team encountered this magnificent octopus while surveying the seafloor. How strange we must look to these incredible contortionists, whose ancestors have traversed the ocean for hundreds of millions of years! Shot by @enricsala #PristineSeas #ocean #science #JuanFernandez #Chile #octopus #cephalopod #urchin #SCUBA #exploration #conservation #tbt
If someone were to ask you to picture a healthy marine ecosystem​​, what would be the first image to come to mind? Would it look something like this: a scene where it's hard to make out the spaces between the fishes? Predators patrolling a rocky reef that teems with life against a sunlit backdrop? It's easy to forget that these scenes do still exist, and that they are important to helping us understand what the ocean might have looked like hundreds of years ago. Pristine places, the last wildernesses of the ocean, are all we have left of the seas of the past, and they are the best baselines we have of what is natural. Shot by @EnricSala on our expedition to the Galápagos Islands in 2015. @NatGeo #PristineSeas #exploration #conservation #exploration #Galápagos #NationalGeographic #Pacific #hammerhead #shark #school #marine #ocean #science #baseline #ecology
Shot by @EnricSala | A throwback from our expedition to Chile's Diego Ramirez Islands, the southernmost albatross breeding site in the world: dotting the landscape, grey-headed albatross chicks sit atop their raised mud nests. Grey-headed albatross eggs are laid in October and hatch during December, but most young won't depart from the natal nest until May. In the meantime, their parents will continue to carry out foraging journeys over vast areas of ocean, traveling as far as over 1,000 km from their colonies even during breeding season. @NatGeo #pristineseas #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #seabirds #albatross #waittexpedition @waittfoundation #WCS @wcs_chile #Magallanes #conservation #exploration #PlanB @waittinstitute #CapeHorn #Chile #tbt
Shot by @enricsala | Chile's Juan Fernández and Desventuradas Islands harbor the most unique fish fauna on earth, with almost all of the species observed known only from these islands. Despite being relatively close to the South American continent and surrounded by cool water, these fishes are more similar to those in the tropical Pacific. The cold northward flowing Humboldt Current, along with isolation, acts as a barrier separating these islands from the rest of the world. That makes the marine ecosystems around these islands important to protect for endemic species, like these reticulated wrasses that investigated one of our cameras at Robinson Crusoe Island! @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #fish #nature #waittexpedition #PlanB @waittfoundation @waittinstitute #RobinsonCrusoe #IslasJuanFernandez #Chile
Shot by @enricsala | Because there had been virtually no dive surveys conducted at the Cape Horn archipelago before our expedition this year, our team picked their diving spots haphazardly. On one dive in particular, they couldn't have been luckier: they found a giant aggregation of the fake king crab, Paralomis granulosa. The crabs were everywhere — on the seafloor, climbing on the kelp, and even parachuting from the canopy! @NatGeo #pristineseas #crabsuponcrabs #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #waittexpedition #PlanB @waittfoundation @waittinstitute #WCS @wcs_chile #Magallanes #CapeHorn #Chile
Shot by @andy_mann | A group of Atlantic spotted dolphins glide through the water, observed on our expedition to the wondrous Ilhas Selvagens with the @waittfoundation @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #Selvagens #portugal #waittexpedition #PlanB @waittinstitute @paulroseexplorer #dolphins #atlantic
Shot by @manusanfelix_official | When you think of tuna, what comes to mind? This image of the fish, a streamlined ocean predator, is unfamiliar to many of us; it's certainly less familiar than tuna in cans, or served as sushi or sashimi. Migratory tuna species account for over eight per cent of all globally traded seafood, and play a critical role to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and the livelihoods of people around the world. Yet some tuna stocks are declining as a result of overfishing. Today reminds us of the importance of protecting and conserving tuna species for generations to come. #WorldTunaDay @NatGeo #pristineseas #marinelife #ocean #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #Galapagos #islands #tuna #fisheries #wildandfree
Shot by @enricsala | Known as the "estrella común" or "common star" in Chile, Stichaster striatus has a small central body, and (usually) five thick, elongated arms. Inhabiting rocky areas on the intertidal and subtidal zones, it's among the most abundant sea star species along the Chilean coast. In the southern Magallanes region, it's less common, but our team managed to spot this one in the kelp forests off of Cape Horn during our expedition in January! @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #waittexpedition #PlanB @waittfoundation @waittinstitute #WCS @wcs_chile #Magallanes #CapeHorn #Chile
Shot by @miasjien | A Subantarctic fur seal pup conveys the sweet feeling of a good shake after playing in the water on a warm, sunny day. This shot was taken at Nightingale Island during our January expedition to the Tristan da Cunha island group. @NatGeo #pristineseas #TristandaCunha #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #marine #conservation #ocean #islands #wild #coast #exploration #sealpup #RSPB @RSPB_love_nature
In January, we carried out an expedition to Tristan da Cunha and its surrounding islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. The team, led by @paulroseexplorer , found a healthy environment filled with seals, albatross, and lobster. Turn up the volume and take a look at what we explored! Link to full video in bio. Video edited by @alexandra.verville and shot by @rogerhorrocks and @canavan87 @NatGeo #pristineseas #TristandaCunha #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #marine #conservation #ocean #islands #wild #coast #exploration #kelp #RSPB @RSPB_love_nature
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