Enric Sala

National Geographic Explorer in Residence

http://monumentsforall.org/marine

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A female mountain gorilla grooms a large male. Gorillas are peaceful animals with an intense social life.
There are about 900 mountain gorillas left on earth, living in a mountain forest surrounded by a stone wall. At the other side of the wall there are a thousand people per square kilometer. A sea of wild nature surrounded by a sea of humanity. The good news is that Rwanda has developed a phenomenal ecotourism program that keeps the gorillas safe, employs many local people, and brings in huge revenue to the country. It's the most successful example of conservation business. We need more of that around the world - and many more gorillas.

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The waving #eclipse #dc

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A hundred eclipses filtering through the wisteria on our roof deck #eclipse #DC

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How cool. Somebody 3D printed a tree on our street in DC! #technologywillsavetheworld

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From the cactus plains of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert to the underwater mountains of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, our national monuments and public lands are at the core of who we are as a nation, and their conservation means development as much as it does protection. But 24 of them are under review by the Department of the Interior. The time to speak up is now: tell the DOI why protecting our national monument matters. Please use the link in my bio to submit your comment NOW @natgeo @natgeopristineseas #protecttheselands

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Thunderstorm at sunset in Geneseo, NY #whataplanet

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Today President Bongo of Gabon announced the creation of 20 marine protected areas covering 26% of Gabon's waters. An example for Africa and the world #ocean #leadership #unoceanconference @natgeopristineseas

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Where is this jungle? Hint: it's between Cape Horn and Panama

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One of the most beautiful bookshops in the world: Ateneo in Buenos Aires. An old theater turned bookshop. Isn't this cool? #lovebuenosaires

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More street art in Santiago de Chile. God hasn't changed, but what happened to man?

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Colorful street art in #Santiago #Chile . Santiago has great little corners, villages within the city. Loving the Lastarria neighborhood!

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You know that Robinson Crusoe Island is a paradise when the welcoming committee on the little dock below the little airport is dozens of cute Juan Fernández sea lions! @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #chile #expedition

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Baby Juan Fernández sea lions are very curious and playful. They came to us as we were filming adult sea lions. Once they realized we were no threat, they couldn't have enough of us - and we couldn't either! Wonderful and magical moments during our @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition

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I can't get enough sunrises at Juan Fernández! The whole team of the @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation @planb_yacht is on deck every morning to bask in the divine light

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Juan Fernandez sea lions greeted us enthusiastically as we jumped in the water off Robinson Crusoe Island, #Chile. There are few marine paradises like this. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition

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Back at Robinson Crusoe Island, after a great week at Alejandro Selkirk. Happy to be back at this piece of paradise where we have wonderful memories of swimming with sea lions. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition to Juan Fernández, #Chile

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"El Capitán" de Alejandro Selkirk y su nieto Iván, tres generaciones de pesca de langosta responsable y sostenible. Un ejemplo para el resto del mundo. Three generations of responsible and sustainable lobster fishing at Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile. An example for the world. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition to Juan Fernández, #Chile

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Remembering the awesome dives in the magical kelp forests of mighty Cape Horn, #Chile, just a month ago. #blessed @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition

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Yellowtail jacks are very abundant at Alejandro Selkirk Island, #Chile. This shows how wild and well managed the waters around this island are. We'll spend a week diving, conducting research and filming here during our 2017 @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition on @planb_yacht

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The dramatic Alejandro Selkirk Island, #Chile. About 60 people live in this remote island, where we are conducting the first comprehensive underwater surveys and filming for our @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition

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The spectacular Robinson Crusoe Island, #Chile @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation 2017 expedition to Juan Fernandez

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Arrival to Robinson Crusoe Island, a remote settlement of Chile, with Chile's Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz and @la_leovarela , to start our new @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation expedition on @planb_yacht #Chile

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Our @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation #expedition to Cape Horn, #Chile, revealed many surprises. The most special was the discovery of this giant aggregation of the fake king crab. There were many thousands, from the giant kelp forest canopy to the bottom. There were so many we could actually not see the bottom! This region is rich and productive and requires serious protection

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The enchanted kelp forest 20 meter below the surface at Herschel Island, right above Cape Horn, Chile. Diving here is like a dream. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation expedition

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We're arriving to the remote Diego Ramirez archipelago, after 6 hours sailing southwest of Cape Horn. Now Cape Horn seems like a shelter compared to this forgotten place, seen here from the bridge of expedition vessel Plan B. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation expedition

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The lush giant kelps at Cape Horn. Our first dive at the end of the world was spectacular. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation 2017 expedition

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We made it to Cape Horn! Ready for our first dive as I think of my friend Rob Stewart who passed this week because of a diving accident. RIP, defender of ocean life. We'll continue the good fight. @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation

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South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) are very abundant at the Barbara Channel in the Magallanes region in Chile. They swam like torpedoes around us yesterday. We did not want to leave the water despite the cold! @natgeopristineseas @waittfoundation 2017 expedition to Cape Horn

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