Nat Geo's Pristine Seas team recently received the Natura Mare Award for their work researching and documenting the North Atlantic's rugged Selvagens archipelago, Portugal’s southernmost territory.
During the 2016 expedition, the team discovered that the waters around the islands appear to be a vital waypoint for migrating fish and mammals, as well as an important nursery habitat. Pristine...
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Carrying around shells may appear to be a bizarre behavior, but the coconut octopus does so for a good reason.
Carrying around shells may appear to be a bizarre behavior but the

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It's World Penguin Day! This shot was taken on Pristine Seas' recent expedition to the Tristan da Cunha island group when the team made a stop at Nightingale Island to collect seal trackers and document the island's flora and fauna, including these rockhopper penguins.

These charismatic penguins are distinguished by the crest of spiky yellow and black feathers that adorns their head as much...
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“Pollution means eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, which kills hundreds of thousands of seabird, fish and whales,” said Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala who spoke at Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit, an event aimed at finding solutions to the environmental problems affecting our planet.
Pollution means eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year

4 Environmental Threats That Scientists, Nat Geo Explorers Will Tackle at Summit

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Linda Thompson
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A Palau nautilus glides by the camera during the Pristine Seas team's 2014 expedition to the island nation of Palau. These mollusks live in the twilight zone, below 200 meters deep, and they are magnificently structured to move themselves through the water: Nautiluses swim by drawing water into the chamber they occupy and expelling it through jet propulsion. They also adjust their buoyancy by...
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A Palau nautilus glides by the camera during the Pristine Seas teams
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Valerie Haan
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Amid tundra and sea, Nunavut is the largest and northernmost territory of Canada, where a majority of the country’s Inuit population cluster in remote coastal communities.
Amid tundra and sea Nunavut is the largest and northernmost territory of

Dreamy Photographs Illuminate Life in Dark Arctic Winters

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Caroline Stubbs
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Scientists studying the giant shipworm for the first time made a truly strange discovery.
Scientists studying the giant shipworm for the first time made a truly strange discovery

Watch: Bizarre Deep-Sea 'Worm' As Long As an Arm Revealed

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Ivan Ray Pantilanan
Katrina Astill
Angel Plascencia
Scientists brought robots to the "Sharkcano" to better understand the harsh, mysterious place.
Scientists brought robots to the Sharkcano to better understand the harsh mysterious

WATCH: These Sharks Thrive Inside an Underwater Volcano

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Randy Kasack
Jeanette Valdez
National Geographic is proud to cosponsor the first-ever #EarthOptimism Summit, convening this weekend to discuss and share solutions for preserving biodiversity and addressing climate change.
National Geographic is proud to cosponsor the firstever EarthOptimism Summit con

National Geographic to Celebrate Earth Day Weekend at Earth Optimism Summit

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Its bulging left eye is big and yellow, whereas the right eye is much smaller and clear.
Its bulging left eye is big and yellow whereas the right eye is much smaller and clear

WATCH: Bizarre Deep-Sea Squid Has Mismatched Eyes

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Ziraldo Costa
"You could feel it from the canoe. The community here was overwhelmingly happy and thrilled with love in their hearts that Hokulea and Hikianalia were there," says Kala Tanaka, captain and navigator of Hikianalia.
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Traditional Song and Dance Welcome Hokulea to Tahiti

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The remote Atlantic island group of Tristan da Cunha wasn't just difficult for the Nat Geo Pristine Seas team to travel to—it was difficult to travel within! Here, Dr. Marthán Bester scales a 50 foot wall of tussock grass and ferns on Gough Island as he returns from a long day tagging subantarctic fur seals on Tumbledown Beach. Gough Island is a stronghold for these fur seals, with around 60%...
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The remote Atlantic island group of Tristan da Cunha wasnt just difficult
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Off the coast of Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands, a diver seemed as though she'd made an unusual friend.
Off the coast of Tenerife in Spains Canary Islands a diver seemed

WATCH: Cute Octopus Latches Onto Diver's Arm

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Hans Myatt
Laura Evans
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A huge portion of the 1,400-mile structure has now suffered severe damage for the second straight year–and scientists blame climate change.
A huge portion of the 1400mile structure has now suffered severe damage

Warming Bleaches Two-Thirds of Great Barrier Reef

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Debayan Das
Tracy Sheridan
Spawning fish release lots of eggs—but one species is egg-ceptional.
Spawning fish release lots of eggs—but one species is eggceptional

These Animals Spawn the Most Offspring in One Go

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Deniz Lapointe
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A pair of dusky dolphins glide by the camera. These two were spotted when the Pristine Seas team encountered a pod of the dolphins off the coast of Gough Island during our recent expedition to the remote Tristan da Cunha archipelago. Dusky dolphins are widespread in the southern hemisphere, though they appear to occur in distinct subpopulations. #LetsExplore
A pair of dusky dolphins glide by the camera These two were
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Although straws represent only a fraction of all ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish.
Although straws represent only a fraction of all ocean plastic their size

Straw Wars: The Fight to Rid the Oceans of Discarded Plastic

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Tom Kearney
Sue Pearce
Katie Gostel
While calibrating equipment used to study deep sea creatures, Australia’s Marine National Facility captured this footage of one squid attacking another.
While calibrating equipment used to study deep sea creatures Australias Marine National

Watch: Dramatic Footage Shows Possible Squid Cannibalism

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Jesse Mccullough
Kuster Mathias
Emily Kay
Crabs can stimulate sea anemones to reproduce asexually—the first known example of such behavior, a new study says.
Crabs can stimulate sea anemones to reproduce asexuallythe first known example of

Watch 'Pom-Pom' Crabs Fight with Anemone-Tipped Claws

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Suvimon Sangsri
Eun Park
Australia’s sprawling Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site (GBR) is visible from space, but it's the up-close, underwater views that are out-of-this-world amazing.
Australias sprawling Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site GBR is visible from

Best Spring Trips 2017 | National Geographic

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Maïder Leproust
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