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 Seas Videos
Pristine Seas Blog Posts
- Rapa Expedition: Diving the Marotiri Maelstrom
- Rapa Expedition: Human Impacts on Wild Sharks
- Rapa Expedition: What Do Sharks Do When We’re Not Looking?
- Rapa Expedition: The Untamed Ocean Hits Marotiri
- Rapa Expedition: Mystery at the Bottom of the Sea
- Rapa Expedition: Surrounded by Sharks at Last
- Rapa Expedition: Gone Fishin’ … With Rocks
- Rapa Expedition: Fish Finding Their Footing
- Rapa Expedition: An Ancient Secret for Protecting the Future
- Rapa Expedition: Off the Ship, Into the Jungle
Pristine Sea Expeditions
Enric Sala reveals what is even more dangerous than pollution, invasive species, or climate change.
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.
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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