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    Where No Divers Have Been Before

    Before Enric Sala, No Diver Had Ventured Into This Reef

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Last year the governments of New Caledonia and Australia announced their commitment to create a large marine park in the Coral Sea extending across the maritime boundary between these two countries. However, a large portion of the Coral Sea in New Caledonia, in particular the remote Chesterfield Banks on the western region, have barely been explored.

In November 2013, National Geographic partnered with the Waitt Institute and the l'Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) of New Caledonia to explore, survey, and film these remote reefs through a Pristine Seas expedition.

The team traveled to the Chesterfield and the Entrecasteaux Reefs on the North, as well as to Petri and Astrolabe in the East. The main objectives of this Pristine Seas expedition were to fill gaps in scientific data on this area, and to produce a documentary film.

Pristine Sea Expeditions

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    Greatest Threat to Mediterranean Fish

    Enric Sala reveals what is even more dangerous than pollution, invasive species, or climate change.

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    First Sights From Mozambique

    Divers capture strange species and stunning colors in the first photos from our latest Pristine Seas expedition.

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    Rose's Childhood Dream Come True

    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.

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    Gabon Expedition

    Enric Sala, Mike Fay, and their team surveyed the little known underwater life in Gabon, hoping to shed light on an underwater paradise.

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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.

Ocean Topics

Explore the Ocean

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    Ocean Life

    Order ocean books, DVDs, maps, and more from the National Geographic online store.

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    Ocean Special Issue

    Explore the world's oceans, from their prehistoric beginnings to modern-day efforts to preserve their natural wonder.

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    Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas

    Immerse yourself in the wonders of the deep through colorful maps, photos, and satellite images.

Engage, Conserve, Restore

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    Freshwater Initiative

    The National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative is a multi-year global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain.