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Ascension Island: Pristine Seas Heads to the Mountains!

We are headed to Ascension Island, a tiny volcanic island in the South Atlantic, midway between Brazil and Africa. It’s a powerful place where the deep sea and remote mountains collide, leaving the island as the small visible tip of a massive 3,200-meter mountain.

A Refuge Found for the Most Heavily Fished Shark?

We are seeing only large females and very small juveniles, suggesting that the waters of Tristan da Cunha might be a blue shark nursery ground with large females traveling here to give birth.

A Surfing World’s-First in the South Atlantic

If you are lucky, once in your lifetime you may get the chance to experience something no one else on this planet has ever previously experienced …

Visiting the Magical Mountain Home of a Giant Ocean Wanderer

For years I’ve dreamed of visiting “Gonydale,” a remote valley reached after a three-hour trek across rivers, beneath towering pinnacle cliffs and through thick lush ferns. It is a lost world and home to some of the last of the Tristan albatross.

An Abundance of Wildlife at Tristan da Cunha

There is a most wonderful sense of the power of nature in this perfectly balanced ecosystem. Some of it tastes great, too!

A Dark Ship

There are so many birds here at Tristan da Cunha that unless we use extreme measures at night we would wake up to a ship full of them. So we are now a “dark ship.”

Working With the Power of the Ocean

Gough Island in the south Atlantic is hard to reach, hard to land on, and the winds are so strong that they whip completely around the island—so there was no way the team was going to pass up that adventure.

‘The Remotest Island,’ the Warmest Welcome!

Expedition leader Paul Rose has been wanting to reach Tristan da Cunha since he was 10 years old. As a new expedition brings him there at last, he already feels part of the family.

Tristan da Cunha Expedition: Preparing the Team, Protecting the Islands

The gear is ready. Now for the most important work: biosecurity.

Setting Sail for Tristan da Cunha

Heading to an archipelago 1,600 miles from the mainland, this is one of the most challenging and ambitious expeditions that we have undertaken.

Nearly Crushed By a Flipping Iceberg

Frozen in time, Franz Josef Land is one of the last lingering remnants of the truly wild Arctic. The remote and nearly uninhabited 192-island archipelago is renowned for its biodiversity, which includes polar bears, walruses, bowhead whales, belugas, and narwhals. The intensifying impact of climate change, however, nearly turned this serene environment deadly for National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and his crew.

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.