About the Project
Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. These pristine places are unknown by all but long-distance fishing fleets, which have started to encroach on them. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that they deserve to be protected.
Latest Expedition: MozambiqueThe National Geographic Pristine Seas team has embarked on an expedition to the southern coast of Mozambique, a region that is home to some of the healthiest populations of marine megafauna such as manta rays, dugongs, and whale sharks.
For the month of April 2014, Pristine Seas Expedition Leader Paul Rose will lead a group of key scientists and filmmakers to explore, survey, and document these terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Together with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Andrea Marshall and the Marine Megafauna Foundation, the team will conduct a comprehensive, quantitative assessment of what they expect to be some of the healthiest East African reefs.
Follow along in the National Geographic Explorers Journal blog.
Divers capture strange species and stunning colors in the first photos from our latest Pristine Seas expedition.
Franz Josef Land Expedition Leader Paul Rose shares the thrill as he arrives at the site of Fritdjof Nansen's winter shelter, a place he's dreamed of visiting since childhood.
Enric Sala, Mike Fay, and their team surveyed the little known underwater life in Gabon, hoping to shed light on an underwater paradise.
Dr. Enric Sala and his team explored the remote Desventuradas Islands hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile.
National Geographic explorers Enric Sala and Mike Fay explored and surveyed the state of Pitcairn’s marine and terrestrial areas and will propose recommendations to the Pitcairn community for the conservation of their resources.
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Video: NG Live! Pitcairn Islands
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala dives deep into the waters of one of the most pristine places on Earth—the Pitcairn Islands—only to discover its delicate ecosystem is not as unspoiled as it may seem.
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