Pristine Seas

National Geographic Pristine Seas is dedicated to protecting the last wild places in the ocean.

http://pristineseas.org/

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There aren't many known places in the ocean like the waters around Chile's Cape Horn, Diego Ramírez islands, and the surrounding Magallanes region. They are home to a wild ocean ecosystem teeming with marine mammals and seabirds, and the world's southernmost kelp forests. These lush kelp forests are populated by a variety of crabs, sea stars, sponges, nudibranchs, and other marine invertebrates. Take a look and see what you can find in just the small area captured in this photo! Shot by @enricsala off the coast of Cape Horn.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #conservation #ocean #exploration #marine #protection #CapeHorn #Chile #DiegoRamirez #Magallanes #biodiversity #expedition #kelp #forest

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A solitary polar bear watches the ice-free sea in August 2013, backed by a glacier at Cape Fligely, the northernmost land in Eurasia. This shot was also captured by @enricsala during our expedition to Russia's Franz Josef Land. Back in August 1895, Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen was able to ski on sea ice and snow between these islands. Even in August 1995, a historian visiting the archipelago photographed abundant sea-ice floes. In August 2013, nowhere in Franz Josef Land—not even at Rudolf, the northernmost island in the archipelago—did we see any sea ice. The loss of sea ice is one of the most dramatic changes on our planet occurring as a result of global warming, and we are starting to understand the consequences for Arctic wildlife.

#NatGeo #pristineseas #conservation #exploration #Arctic #ice #ocean #marine #protection #planetearth

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During a Franz Josef Land summer, walruses aggregate in rookeries: one-ton males, females, and newborns. They feed on clams that live buried in the muddy bottoms close to shore. This image was captured by @enricsala during our 2013 expedition to Russia's Franz Josef Land, the world's northernmost chain of islands. Encased in sea ice for much of the year, these rocky, glaciated islands are home to such species as the Atlantic walrus, bowhead whale, polar bear, narwhal, and white gull. This arctic ecosystem is now protected as part of the largest park in Russia — the Russian Arctic National Park.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #conservation #exploration #Arctic #ice #ocean #marine #protection

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Palau's coral reefs are famous worldwide for diverse and abundant marine life, including giant manta rays and sharks. But it's not just the large marine creatures we readily think of that thrive as part of these ecosystems. Here, a goby half the length of a fingernail lives among the branches of a sea fan in Palau's reefs, eating tiny invertebrates and hiding from predators.
Shot by @enricsala during our 2014 expedition to Palau's waters.

#TBT #NatGeo #pristineseas #exploration #conservation #expedition #ocean #marine #protection #sanctuary #Palau #coral #reef #fish

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Public lands and waters across America are under threat. There are no replacements for these wild places if they disappear. #monumentsforall

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Blending in with the coral and algal growth, a Mexican hogfish and a starry grouper eye the camera at Roca Partida, the smallest and most remote of the Revillagigedo Islands. Mexico recently committed to create a marine national park around the Revillagigedo Islands, protecting a refuge for a variety of species, from sea turtles and giant mantas to at least nine species of shark. At 148,000 square kilometers, this park will be the largest no-take marine area in North America. Shot by @enricsala.

#Mexico #Revillagigedo #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #SalvaRevillagigedo

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Table corals (Acropora cytherea) emerge from the reef — one of many species of coral that the Pristine Seas team encountered while surveying the raised atoll of Niue and nearby Beveridge Reef. Announced by Niue's government at the Our Ocean conference in Malta last week, a new large-scale marine protected area will encompass 40% of the island nation's waters, protecting diverse coral ecosystems and the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world.
Shot by @manusanfelix_official.

#Niue #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish

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Last week, Mexico announced its commitment to create a new no-take marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, protecting 148,000 square kilometers around the iconic Revillagigedo archipelago. It will be the largest protected area of its kind in North America. Known as the “Galápagos of Mexico,” this archipelago provides critical habitat to one of the largest aggregations of sharks and manta rays in the world, as well as tuna, humpback whales, dolphins, five species of sea turtles and many endemic species. This photo was shot by @enricsala, when Galápagos sharks approached us off the coast of Socorro Island during our expedition to the archipelago with @MaresMexicanos.
#Mexico #Revillagigedo #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #SalvaRevillagigedo

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Today at the Our Ocean 2017 conference in Malta, Chile creates two new fully protected marine reserves, increasing the protected surface area of their waters from 4.4% to 29% — a total area of more than one million square kilometers! The new marine park in Juan Fernández becomes the largest such marine reserve in the continental Americas at 485,000 sq km, and protects a number of endemic species that can be found nowhere else on Earth. The second park extends southward from Chile’s legendary Cape Horn and protects 140,000 sq km, including the world’s southernmost kelp forest ecosystems.

Shot by @enricsala during our expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands in March.

#OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #JuanFernandez #CapeHorn #Chile #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #kelp @waittfoundation @waittinstitute

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Today the island nation of Niue announces the protection of 40% of its waters, or 127,000 square km. The protected area will include deep ocean seamounts and the biodiversity-rich Beveridge Reef, home to the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world. As the global community comes together at Our Ocean 2017 in Malta to address the challenges facing the ocean, this South Pacific island today takes an extraordinary leadership role by establishing a park of this magnitude.
Shot by @manusanfelix_official during our 2016 expedition to Niue.
#Niue #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish

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At the Our Ocean 2017 conference, the countries of Chile and Niue have just made a huge splash in the world of ocean conservation. The island nation of Niue has turned 40 percent of its exclusive economic zone into a marine reserve, and Chile has added two new marine parks where fishing and all other extractive activities are banned. Together, the three parks protect more than 750,000 square kilometers! Take a look at the link in our bio for the full story.
#OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #Niue #JuanFernandez #CapeHorn #Chile #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish @waittfoundation @waittinstitute

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The ocean may seem vast, unknown, and distant to many of us. But it sustains life, from regulating climate change, to providing half of the oxygen that we breathe, to serving as the world's largest source of protein. This week we're excited to be joining the #OurOcean 2017 conference in Malta, where global leaders will come together to respond to the challenges facing our ocean today through innovation, cooperation, and commitment. Stay tuned on October 5th and 6th for more from the conference!

Shot by @manusanfelix_official at the island of Niue, one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world and home to abundant underwater life.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #OurOcean

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#TBT to exploring Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands. The Clarion angelfish lives exclusively in the waters of the Revillagigedo archipelago and the southern tip of Baja California. This brilliantly-colored fish forms schools that can often be found grazing the rocks, as seen here, or cleaning local hammerheads and mantas. Shot by @enricsala in the waters off of Isla San Benedicto.
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#NatGeo #pristineseas @MaresMexicanos #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #OurOcean #SalvaRevillagigedo

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Pristine reefs like those of the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands need to be protected. They are not only some of the greatest natural treasures of the world, they are our baselines. They show us what we have lost elsewhere.
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Shot by @enricsala.
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#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #PRIMNM #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #environment #heritage #ocean #protection #sharks #coral #reef #BlueParks

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Today is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Shot by @enricsala off the coast of San Ambrosio Island, a short-spined urchin uses the old trick of camouflage, taking up bits of rock, algae and - in this case - a plastic razor, to blend in with the rocky seafloor.
Our debris can end up in even the most remote waters on Earth. So seize the day. Join your local coastal cleanup, or simply head down to the shore and help make it a cleaner place for marine life and people alike.

#internationalcoastalcleanup #coastalcleanupday #cleanup2017 #keepourbeachesclean #earthoptimism #plastic #pollution #beachcleanup #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection

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#TBT to exploring the lower side of this little island. The smallest and most remote of Mexico's four Revillagigedo islands, Roca Partida can be seen as two inhospitable, rocky horns jutting out of the water. Below the surface, it's full of life.
Shot by @enricsala on our expedition to the Revillagigedo archipelago with @maresmexicanos @octavioaburto

#SalvaRevillagigedo #NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #sharks #Revillagigedo #Mexico @natgeo.la

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Today we are proud to premiere in Mexico City the documentary "Revillagigedo: el México más salvaje," from our expedition to Mexico's wild Revillagigedo Islands in collaboration with @MaresMexicanos @octavioaburto. This unique Pacific archipelago harbors a rich underwater ecosystem, dominated by sharks, whales, giant mantas, and a number of other protected marine species. Here is a sneak preview!

#SalvaRevillagigedo #NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #sharks #Revillagigedo #Mexico

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At the closing of last week's IMPAC4, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet announced that an astounding 1.6 million square kilometers of the country's waters will be conserved as marine protected areas by 2018, and 29% of its waters will be completely protected with no-take marine parks. This coastal nation is truly taking the lead in showing the world that our ocean can be protected from overexploitation today, so that it can continue to provide for generations to come.
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#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #fish #reef #Chile #CapeHorn #IMPAC4 @natgeo.la #JuanFernandez #naturaleza

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Every other breath we take comes from the ocean. Yet only 2% of it is fully protected. This week we are at the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Coquimbo, Chile, where global leaders are coming together to take crucial steps in ocean conservation. Tune in to @natgeo.la to join us at the conference and see what's happening in real time!

This shot of the Chile's rich kelp forests was made by @enricsala during our expedition to the southern Magallanes fjords, Cape Horn and the Diego Ramírez Islands, in partnership with @waittfoundation.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #waittexpedition #Magallanes #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #kelp #forest #Chile #CapeHorn #IMPAC4 #CabodeHornos

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Shot and text by @octavioaburto | As nature photographers, there is a lot to think about when capturing the perfect photograph. For the September 2017 @natgeo.la cover shot, it involved keeping a good distance off the wall while making sure not to scare off the animals from inside the cave. The final step was to wait until the animals were relaxed and undisturbed. An hour later, the stars aligned and this moment was captured. Photo shot in Roca Partida, Revillagigedo Archipelago. .
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Como fotógrafos de naturaleza, hay mucho que pensar mientras capturamos la foto perfecta. Para la portada de la edición de septiembre de la @natgeo.la, esto involucró mantener una buena distancia de la cueva para que no se asustaran los animales que estaban dentro de ella. El paso final fue esperar hasta que estos animales estuvieran tranquilos y relajados. Una hora después, se alinearon las estrellas y se capturó el momento. Este imagen fue tomada en Roca Partida, una isla del archipiélago de Revillagigedo con @natgeopristineseas.
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From our expedition to Mexico's remarkable Revillagigedo islands, in partnership with @maresmexicanos.
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#SalvaRevillagigedo #NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #sharks #Revillagigedo #Mexico

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The first time I jumped in the water at Kingman Reef I felt like I was in a time machine, traveling back to an era before humans began over-exploiting the ocean. Less than two percent of the ocean is protected from exploitation, so few places have been saved from industrial depletion. Our national monuments are havens for marine life, serve as extraordinary scientific laboratories, and provide assurance for Americans and world citizens that the ocean will continue to provide for us.
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Shot and text by @enricsala. See link in our bio for the full post.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #monumentsforall #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #environment #heritage #ocean #protection #sharks #coral #reef #PRIMNM #KeepItPublic #BlueParks

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Kingman Reef and neighboring Palmyra Atoll are two tiny specks of land surrounded by untouched, healthy coral reefs, a thousand miles south of Hawaiʻi. Belonging to the United States, the waters around them and the rest of the Northern Line Islands are protected from fishing and drilling as the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument. Now this extraordinary monument is at risk. Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of Interior, is reviewing this and 20 other national monuments on land and at sea in response to an Executive Order by President Donald Trump, and his review to the president is due this week, on August 24. Mr. Zinke professes admiration for Theodore Roosevelt, who signed the Antiquities Act in 1906 to allow presidents to create national monuments. If he wants to emulate Roosevelt’s legacy, he should recommend leaving the national monuments as they are. Our national monuments are havens for marine life, serve as extraordinary scientific laboratories, and provide assurance for Americans and world citizens that the ocean will continue to provide for us.

Shot and text by @enricsala | See link in our bio for the full post.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #monumentsforall #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #environment #heritage #ocean #protection #sharks #coral #reef #PRIMNM #KeepItPublic #BlueParks

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Thank you to everyone who made their voice heard to protect our marine national monuments and sanctuaries! Of the hundreds of thousands of comments submitted, 99% were in support of protecting these extraordinary areas (thanks to @savingoceans for the analysis). Shot by @enricsala | A manta glides through the water at Kingman Reef in the northern Line Islands, which are now part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #monumentsforall #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #ocean #protection #manta #reef #PRIMNM

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Text by @pelayosalinas | Two days ago the Galápagos National Park and Ecuadorian Navy seized a Chinese flagged vessel transporting thousands of sharks inside the Galápagos Marine Reserve. This is likely the biggest seizure in the history of the Galápagos and highlights the global tragedy of illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries. Less than 2% of our oceans are totally protected, yet every day thousands of fishing boats fish illegally these protected waters. Now more than ever, use your voice to speak out against this nonsense and support the creation of more protected areas.
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The above shot shows hammerheads as they should be seen- in healthy populations in their habitat. Check out @pelayosalinas bio to learn more about the seizure and how you can support the Galápagos National Park's efforts to keep their marine reserve safe from illegal fishing.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #ocean #protection #wildlife #sharks #Galapagos #illegalfishing

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Shot by @enricsala at Kingman Reef in the northern Line Islands, which are now protected by the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Despite the continuous beating by powerful Pacific swells, corals have been growing and building out the reef for hundreds of thousands of years. Today is the last chance to make your voice heard — let the Department of Commerce know why places like this must remain protected by our marine monuments and sanctuaries. Link in bio.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #monumentsforall #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #ocean #protection #coral #reef #PRIMNM

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Giant clams exhibit an intense color palette in the waters of the northern Line Islands, paving the lagoons of pristine reefs like Kingman. Each pair of curves shells harbors a delicate animal that filters microbes from the water, helping to keep the reef healthy. These were shot by @enricsala during our expedition to the northern Line Islands, which are now protected by the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
America's ocean monuments, including Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Pacific Remote Islands, Papahanaumokuakea, Marianas Trench, and Rose Atoll are currently under "review" by the Department of Commerce. The people have until tomorrow, August 15, to weigh in and make sure monuments stay protected. Use the link in our profile to submit a comment to the DOC today.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine#monumentsforall #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #ocean #protection #clams #coral #reef #PRIMNM

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In the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles islands harbor important nesting sites for both hawksbill and green sea turtles. Though both species have been legally protected in the Seychelles' waters since 1994, across the globe their populations are declining due to foraging and nesting habitat destruction, marine pollution, hunting, and fishing bycatch. Indeed it is already a journey for these little hatchlings to survive and thrive into adulthood. Protecting key marine ecosystems is critical to keeping endangered sea turtles from disappearing.

Video shot by @neilgelinas during our expedition to the Seychelles Outer Islands in 2015.

#NatGeo #pristineseas #waittexpedition @waittfoundation #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #seaturtle #Seychelles

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Shot by @enricsala | Today we are throwing back to diving the cold waters of Chile's southern fjords with the company of South American sea lions during our expedition to the Magallanes region earlier this year. Towering kelp forests and the abundant marine life within them far outweighed the chilly temperature of the waters and made for some truly remarkable dives!
#tbt #NatGeo #pristineseas #waittexpedition @waittfoundation #Magallanes #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #sealions #Chile #CapeHorn

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A transparent shrimp the size of a grain of rice is almost invisible on its anemone host at Kingman Reef. This shot was captured by @enricsala during our expedition to the northern Line Islands, which are now protected by the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The Department of Commerce is currently "reviewing" the marine sanctuaries and monuments designated or expanded over the past 10 years. Any changes to these monuments and sanctuaries could make them vulnerable to oil and gas drilling and could threaten unique habitats and thousands of marine species and birds that call these places home. Make your voice heard in favor of keeping all of our national monuments protected at monumentsforall.org/marine
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #monumentsforall #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #environment #heritage #ocean #protection #shrimp #coral #reef #PRIMNM

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Last September we carried out an expedition to the island of Niue—a unique raised coral atoll located in the South Pacific. Lying 120 nautical miles southeast of the main island is remote Beveridge Reef, a submerged atoll (visible only at low tide) that harbors a significant array of marine life. In its shallow lagoon, protected from the heaving seas, gray reef sharks, 80-pound groupers, moray eels, wrasses, and puffer fish swim above colorful corals in pristine condition. The reef revealed an extraordinary underwater world, with the expedition team spotting sharks on every dive—up to eighty gray reef sharks at a time—and hearing the song of calving humpback whales, powerful enough to travel miles underwater.

Video shot by @manusanfelix_official and edited by @jack__kirby.

#Niue #island #NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #wildlife #environment #ocean #protection #fish #whales #coral #Beveridge #reef #atoll #Pacific

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