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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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
Paul Rose muses on the differences between ancient navigation and his own modern equipment and methods on the Pristine Seas expedition to Rapa.
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.
A new expedition will investigate the untold sea life around the most southern islands in all of French Polynesia. Follow along with updates from the field.
Expedition member Manu San Felix captures a dynamic photo that illustrates the chaotic beauty of the ocean world.
Enric Sala visits the famous jellyfish lakes of Palau’s interior and learns why they are so sought-after.
Enric Sala and team are caught for hours in a spell cast by enormous manta rays as around them, lightning fast predators devour a massive ball of bait fish.
Exploring a well-known diving hotspot gives the Pristine Seas team a sight of one creature they almost never encounter: the vacationing human.
Enric Sala and team are back in the big blue on their latest expedition to explore and document the world’s most pristine seas. This time, the destination is the Micronesian island group of Palau.
In this Genographic Legacy Fund grantee profile, Chhing Lhomi describes her efforts to keep the ancient skills and culture of cloth making alive in her community.
When you’re trying to understand all that a few bones can tell us about our early hominid ancestors, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience with the fossils themselves, says “underground astronaut” Elen Feuerriegel.