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Rapa Expedition: The Difficulties of Leaving Paradise

After living here in far southern French Polynesia for the past few weeks, leaving is difficult. We’ve come to love the waters and the life they hold, but will especially miss the wonderful people that call this place home.

Ross Island 2014: Journey’s End

Ken Sims’ expedition to Ross Island in Antarctica is wrapping up. Having narrowly obtained the samples he needed, Ken reflects on the dangers endured in this remote ice-desert for the sake of science and exploration.

Turtle Ninjas

They often work alone, usually at night, wearing dark clothing. They work long hours for little or no pay, and even less notoriety. They do it for the turtles.

Rapa Expedition: Diving the Marotiri Maelstrom

Kike Ballesteros and Alan Friedlander dive the dangerous and unpredictable Marotiri Shoals, battling the elements to collect scientific data. Curious onlookers, in the form of large predators, come to join them.

Rapa Expedition: Human Impacts on Wild Sharks

With many sharks sighted in Marotiri with fishing hooks protruding from their bodies, it seems that almost nothing is untouched by man. However, human impact can also be positive—will the Expedition be able to help these sharks?

Rapa Expedition: What Do Sharks Do When We’re Not Looking?

To film animal behavior out of the view of human eyes, the team deploys cameras to drift in the open ocean and record whatever comes their way.

High Tide for the Silkworms of Assam

Unique and beautiful silks come out of Assam, India, but new environmental threats are quickly undermining the silkworms, including massive flooding and pesticide contamination.

Rapa Expedition: The Untamed Ocean Hits Marotiri

The Pristine Seas team finally arrives at the rocky islets of Marotiri, a violent melee of rocks and waves, hiding a stark environment below.

Sky-Island Expedition in Mozambique Begins

Researchers set out to discover new reptiles and amphibians in the “sky island” forests of Mozambique.

Rapa Expedition: Mystery at the Bottom of the Sea

As the Pristine Seas team examines the corals and algae of far southern French Polynesia, an army of sea urchins and a wall of seaweed pose an intriguing mystery.

Views of Sarajevo From Young Explorers

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantees Cara Eckholm and Amanda Rivkin have been on the ground in Sarajevo this month. They’re pursing the story of the new urban landscape in Sarajevo, delving into the triumphs and tensions of a city that not long ago was ravaged by war. Through interviews with Sarajevo’s citizens Cara and Amanda are…

Rapa Expedition: Surrounded by Sharks at Last

After days of diving on fairly fishless reefs, the Pristine Seas team gets a thrill encountering large numbers of sharks swarming around soaring coral towers.

Rapa Expedition: Gone Fishin’ … With Rocks

Fishing is normally reserved for those with unique tools and skills, but here on Rapa, sometimes a good rock is all that’s needed… and ancient ancestral knowledge, but that’s already in the bag!

Camera Trap Top 10

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation works with lots of camera traps. They stay immobile, day and night, recording at the slightest hint of movement. Of the hundreds of one-minute camera trap videos we’ve collected, here are some of our favorite moments.

Rapa Expedition: Fish Finding Their Footing

The Pristine Seas Expedition gets its first dive in at Rapa, and brings us photos from beneath the waves of the far-flung island.