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The Lesson of Niue: Conservation Relies on Traditional Knowledge

Photos and text: Jon Betz It was a strange thing to wake up this morning on land. It’s easy to get used to the creaks and gentle rocking motion of ship life. In its place today I woke up to an awkward chorus of roosters at 4am. Quite a difference, and it gave me pause…

The Last Ice: Stories From Sacred Spaces

From Pacific islands to Arctic coastlines, indigenous people have been listening to and learning from the environment for millennia. Now more than ever, it’s time for everyone to hear what it’s saying.

Beveridge Reef: From Shallow Seas to Darker Depths

Once again, the Pristine Seas drop cameras reach the bottom of the ocean and reveal a species never seen in this area before.

Sharks and Whale Song in the South Pacific

The Pristine Seas expedition to Niue and Beveridge reef isn’t only full of amazing sights. Take a listen to the beautiful sounds of the sea.

Life Aboard With Pristine Seas

Feel the excitement of our expedition—without having to smell like fish.

Colorful Close-Ups From a Remote Coral Reef

Kike Ballesteros reveals some of his most colorful and finely detailed images yet of the strange and beautiful creatures that call the bottom of the ocean home.

The Expedition to Niue Sets Sail

The waters surrounding the world’s largest raised coral atoll are about to get their biggest close-up yet.

Submarine Diving in Deep-Sea Galápagos: #bestjobever

What’s it like to submarine dive a thousand feet underwater to an unexplored region of the Galápagos Islands? Marine conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jessica Cramp takes us on a journey to find out.

Why Clipperton Island Is a ‘Beautiful, Powerful Surprise!’

Explorer Paul Rose looks back at recent discoveries during the final days of the latest Pristine Seas expedition.

In a Bubble of Air in the Deep Pacific

Three hours might sound like a long dive, but it goes fast and the ascent into the light and these evocative, most beautiful blue waters comes too soon.

The Light of Dawn (and Smell of Bird Poo) at Clipperton Island

It’s been a fantastic first day here at Clipperton Island: We arrived before dawn and knew that we were getting close to the island because we could smell the thousands of birds from miles away!

Close Encounter with a Polar Bear

After photographer Cory Richards joined the Pristine Seas expedition to Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic, he spent over a month trying to capture an image of a polar bear from a relatively close distance. On his final attempt, a teammate launched a remote-controlled quadcopter, or drone, and the polar bear ended up right where they wanted him.

Protect the Ocean with National Geographic Pristine Seas & Davidoff Cool Water

This is sponsor content.    For the fourth consecutive year, Davidoff Cool Water joins forces with the National Geographic Society to support the Pristine Seas Expeditions. The initiative is committed to explore, scientifically document and protect the Ocean worldwide, with the global ambitious goal of fully protecting 10% of the ocean by 2020. 2014 &…