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.
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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.
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