The Ocean

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    First Sights From Mozambique

    Latest Pristine Seas Expedition Reveals Stunning Colors, More

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Underwater exploration encompasses some of the most exciting endeavors in the world. Whether charting unknown geological formations, discovering strange life forms in areas we used to think were uninhabitable, or bringing to light the rotted ships and encrusted artifacts of previous eras, this adventure yields more surprises and new discoveries than perhaps any other field.

More About Underwater Exploration

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    Diver From 1972 NG Photo Tells His Story

    Villamar Godfrey is still diving, and still speaking out in protection of Belize's spectacular coral reefs.

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    Deepest Diver Receives NG's Highest Honor

    National Geographic's prestigious Hubbard Medal has just been awarded to Don Walsh, who traveled 50 years ago with the late Jacques Piccard to the deepest point of the ocean—a place no one else has reached since.

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    Undersea Mountains Surveyed

    Swarms of orange fish and other deep-sea creatures have been spotted during a five-year survey of the world's underwater mountain ranges.

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    Back to the Dawn of Diving

    Rediscover the first-ever underwater mapping and excavation of an ancient shipwreck in its entirety on the seafloor.

Live Expedition Tracker

Learn about current and upcoming projects led by National Geographic explorers and grantees who are using cutting-edge technology to explore the oceans.

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

Your Ocean

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    For Kids

    Learn about the ocean with activities, photos, and games.

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    Ocean Education

    Bring engaging and important ocean learning to your classroom.

Support the Ocean

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.