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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.

The Fish That Inspired a Woman to Help Save a Species

Shana Miller was fresh out of college in 1998 when she came face-to-face with one of the fastest fish in the sea. She and her friends battled for three hours to haul a 154-pound bluefin tuna aboard their boat off the Maryland coast. And when she finally looked the creature in the eye, she felt…

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.

Tapping Into Life After Oil

The metal giants dotted along California’s horizon are slowing down, pumping less quantity and quality of oil, and are scheduled to come to a complete halt in the next decade. Imagine, a chain of 27 idle skeletons, some the size of the empire state building, waiting to be decommissioned or completely removed from their base…

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.