This week the Nat Geo Pristine Seas team completed an expedition to Chile's Juan Fernández Islands with the Waitt Foundation—diving in waters rich with marine life, from moray eels and sea lions to lobsters and flounder. Back at the dock on the rocky coast below the Robinson Crusoe Island airport, endemic Juan Fernández sea lion pups that welcomed the team to the archipelago two weeks ago now... View details ⇨
On #WorldWaterDay we are reminded that the ocean, like all water on our unique planet, is inextricably tied to life on Earth: it provides food, security, and livelihood for billions of people worldwide, and has the remarkable ability to do this all sustainably if given the chance. We swim in it, sail it, drink it, breathe the oxygen that is created by it. It sustains not only the life that we... View details ⇨
"These ocean sunfish (Mola mola) checked us out today during the last dive of our scientific expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands. Over the past two weeks we have had an unforgettable time exploring this incredible corner of our blue planet. And what could be a better farewell than a formation of these gentle ocean wanderers?"
Shot and text by Pelayo Salinas | Part of the Nat Geo Pristine... View details ⇨
Flounders are abundant on Pristine Seas' team dives at Robinson Crusoe island. This flatfish, Paralichthys fernandezianus, is an endemic species to Robinson Crusoe and Alexander Selkirk islands. Around half a meter long and well-camouflaged to the rocky sea floor, they are tireless predators!
Shot by Manu San Felix on the Nat Geo Pristine Seas expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands in... View details ⇨
In arguably the best (and most challenging) counting game, Pristine Seas chief scientist Alan Friedlander surveys fishes in the waters around Robinson Crusoe Island: "Trying to count fish at Robinson Crusoe can make you dizzy. This is the most unique fish fauna on earth, with nearly all the species we see known only from these islands. Despite being relatively close to the South American... View details ⇨
Sailing around the world using traditional Polynesian navigation techniques, the crew of Hōkūleʻa have learned that lessons from sailing hold true for protecting our oceans. The first step, in either situation, is being clear about our destination.
After five days of diving at Alejandro Selkirk Island, we've found that the sea floor around the island is dominated by hundreds of thousands of long-spine sea urchins. It's difficult to know why this is, but it is a spectacular sight to see large sea stars hunting them!
Photo and text by Manu San Felix as part of the Nat Geo Pristine Seas expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands in... View details ⇨
On our first day exploring Alejandro Selkirk Island, one of the island's lobster fishermen took us to dive at an underwater pinnacle that ascends from a depth of 100 meters to 18 meters. At the bottom of the pinnacle we found ourselves in a rocky landscape covered by thousands of urchins, a place where so many moray eels live that we observed frequent territorial disputes among them. Halfway... View details ⇨
Considered the “right” whale to hunt during whaling times, North Atlantic right whales are endangered with a population of about 500 individuals. Every spring, right whales come back to Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts. We want to know how they're doing.
Welcome to Alejandro Selkirk, the least explored island of the Juan Fernández archipelago and the starting point for the Pristine Seas team's scientific work. In the first shot you can see Rada de la Colonia, the only inhabited place on the island with a population of 60 people. The waters around the island, on the other hand, are teeming with inhabitants of their own, like these yellowtail... View details ⇨
Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence and the Pristine Seas team, along with the the Waitt Foundation began their first dives of the expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands. Here, at Bahía del Padre in Robinson Crusoe Island, dozens of endemic Juan Fernández fur seal pups swim in the shallow waters of this sheltered bay. The Juan Fernández fur seal is a true comeback species: following their... View details ⇨