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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.

Redefining Open Space: The Case for Protecting Open Space in the Sea

By Priscilla Brooks, Vice President and Director, Ocean Conservation, Conservation Law Foundation Nestled on Massachusetts’ North Shore, Ipswich is an historic New England community with a vibrant town center, friendly people, and working farms. What really strikes visitors to this small town, however, is its open space. A remarkable 47 percent of the town is…

Rapa Expedition: Gone Fishin’ … With Rocks

The Hanse Explorer has arrived at Rapa Iti, the site of the latest National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition. In order to understand fishing and food from a local perspective, Expedition Leader Paul Rose elected to go on a fishing trip with Rapa fisherman, and the experience was eye-opening. Fishing in Rapa’s waters is quite a unique experience. Rapa’s clever, traditional…

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.

Rapa Expedition: An Ancient Secret for Protecting the Future

People have survived for centuries on the tiny island of Rapa, carefully managing their resources through an ancient system known as rahui. What lessons does it hold for the rest of the world today?

Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.

Rapa Expedition: Off the Ship, Into the Jungle

With winds so strong the waterfalls were flowing upwards, the Pristine Seas crew lands at Rapa Iti and must hike the final miles to make it to the Island Council meeting for permission to begin the expedition.

Rapa Expedition: Polynesian Words of Inspiration

In anticipation of Pristine Seas crew’s arrival at Rapa Iti, team member Poema du Prel from Tahiti shares her reflections on the mission, and words of inspiration in two languages from her spiritual grandfather.

Rapa Expedition: Eat More, Go Faster!

Paul Rose muses on the differences between ancient navigation and his own modern equipment and methods on the Pristine Seas expedition to Rapa.

Enric Sala and Pristine Seas Receive EMA Heroes Award

“With six documentary films and counting, chronicling his essential work, Dr. Enric Sala is not only a true inspiration,” said Debbie Levin, President, Environmental Media Association, “he is educating and motivating us all on the intricacies of marine wildlife.”

Short Film Showcase: Up Close With King Penguins and Elephant Seals

Just above Antarctica off the island of South Georgia, lies a breeding hotspot for elephant seals and king penguins, known as Gold Harbour.  Filmmaker Richard Sidey captures incredible raw footage and natural sound of this wild bounty as part of his series, Speechless. “[W]ith the absence of narrative, the viewer is left to create their…

Rapa Expedition: Here Be Monsters!

As we kick off our new expedition to the tiny island of Rapa in French Polynesia, we really don’t know exactly what we’ll find. It’s the purest form of exploration, enhanced by sheer curiosity and excitement—the very reason that we are ocean explorers.

The Worldwide Voyage Goes Underwater

Watch as the Worldwide Voyage takes itself beneath the waves for the first time in the newly expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument!

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day

Today is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day! Today is a day to celebrate conservation achievements and to continue to work for real protections for these critically endangered sea turtles. Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day was declared by Governor Jerry Brown and signed into law two years ago. Turtle Island Restoration Network led the…

Fish Changes Color in a Flash, Scientists Discover

Octopuses, squid, and chameleons can do it. And now, it turns out that a fish can do it too. The rockpool goby is the latest animal discovered to have the ability to change their color and the brightness of their skin to blend in with their background.