"This mission has been one of the most important and most exciting of [my] career, a highlight. I will never forget our time here together—National Geographic, Oceana, and the Navy—working as a team to document Chile’s new marine park."—Andres Rodrigo, Chilean Navy comandante

Photograph by Enric Sala

Picture of diver in Salas y Gómez
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National Geographic and Oceana, in collaboration with the Chilean Navy, traveled to the remote Salas y Gómez Island, some 200 miles (about 323 kilometers) east of Easter Island, Chile, where they discovered what lies beneath these largely unexplored waters.

A team of 18 scientists and filmmakers looked at everything from algae to corals to fish and sharks. They satellite-tagged sharks for long-term tracking to learn where they go and used robots that go down hundreds of meters in the ocean to examine the depths. This was the first systematic survey of life in the waters around Salas y Gómez that used scuba diving and remote imaging.

Read the press release from Oceana and National Geographic reporting the findings of their unprecedented expedition.


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