Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting some of the last truly wild places in the ocean

Pristine Seas Your Shot Assignment

Photographers from National Geographic's Your Shot community participated in an assignment curated by Pristine Seas director Dr. Enric Sala to celebrate the incredible diversity of our oceans this World Oceans Day.
See his story and top photo selections here!

With your support, we have helped to protect more than

3 million square kilometers of ocean territory.

Completed Expeditions
Protected Areas
Ongoing Projects

Map by National Geographic Society. Sources: Pristine Seas, MPAtlas

What You Can Do

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Order the Pristine Seas Book

The last of the pristine seas offer a fascinating glimpse into our past and an inspiring vision for the future. In Pristine Seas: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala takes readers on a dazzling journey to ten of these astounding locations, showing what we have to gain by protecting our seas.