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Facebook Live Special Event: Your Questions for a Deep Sea Explorer

For the first time ever, Facebook Live will be hosting this week’s interview not from National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., but from the remote Pitcairn Islands nestled in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Miles from any other inhabited island, Explorer-in-Residence, Enric Sala will join us by satellite phone to give an update on a month-long expedition to Pitcairn and will reveal stunning photographs straight from the field of the island’s rich biodiversity.

Photo: Enric Sala

In 1790, nine British seamen laid anchor off the rocky shores of Pitcairn. They were members of the crew aboard HMS Bounty, the infamous ship that saw the most famous mutiny in naval history. After having spent months in Tahiti on a trade voyage, a handful of seamen decided never to return to England and instead sought refuge on a small deserted island along with six Tahitian men and 11 Tahitian women.

It’s been fifty-five years since the last National Geographic explorer ventured to the island. Now Enric returns for an even more pressing issue: to help save one of the last pristine stretches of water left on Earth. As Enric writes,

“This expedition is part of our Pristine Seas project – to explore, survey and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. It is part of our collaboration with the Global Ocean Legacy project of the Pew Environment Group. Our goal is to assess the state of Pitcairn’s marine life, and to propose recommendations to the Pitcairn community for the conservation of their resources.”

Join us for a live conversation on the National Geographic Facebook page Wednesday, March  28 at 2:30pm ET (7:30pm UTC). Post your questions there or in the comments section of this blog post. Then tune in for the live interview and post more questions as the conversation develops.

Follow along and read about the expedition as it’s happening on our blog and twitter!

Photo: Enric Sala

Comments

  1. Alessandro Marino
    milan (italy)
    April 5, 2012, 5:36 am

    che bello il mare

  2. Robert K
    Fort Myers, FL
    March 28, 2012, 2:30 pm

    What is Nat Geo’s relationship with Pew Ocean Legacy? I was reading that Cameron’s dive took place in a protected area that Pew also worked on in the Marianas. What is their role in the Pitcairn Expedition and in ocean conservation worldwide? Also, are the Pitcairns more or less pristine than you had thought they would be?

  3. [...] Facebook Live Special Event: Your Questions for a Deep Sea Explorer For the first time ever, Facebook Live will be hosting this week's interview not from National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC, but from the remote Pitcairn Islands nestled in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Miles from any other inhabited … Read more on National Geographic [...]

  4. Gary goh
    Singapore
    March 27, 2012, 7:25 pm

    Recently a team took a sonar image of an object below the baltic sea between Sweden and Finland ,below is the link you could go to uncover what is the strange circular object.

  5. Justin T. Grant
    Toronto, Canada
    March 27, 2012, 6:35 pm

    Mr Sala,
    In light of James Cameron’s recent achievement, and in context of your own work, can you please discuss the pros and cons of private vs. publicly funded exploration? Thank you.

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  7. Cathryn Bjarnesen
    Rotorua NZ
    March 26, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Is the wreck of the Acadia (shipwrecked 1881) still visible in the water near the memorial stone on the Acadia Islet of Ducie?

  8. Dennis K. Parada
    Pa.
    March 26, 2012, 4:33 pm

    Is there anyway Bob Ballard can look at our photos of what we believe is the remaines of a Viking Ship in Nova Scotia. We will be doing a TV show on this find and we could use his help. If you go to Google Earht to Nova Scotia to Manhoe Bay, then to Hobson Island ,he can zoom in and check it out or the photo is on our web site at http://www.FindersKeepersUSA.com Thank You