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TODAY: Chat With National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be a National Geographic Explorer? Here’s your chance to connect directly with someone who has ventured to unexplored areas, discovered previously unknown life forms, taken stunning photographs, and put it all to work to help protect some of the last wild places on Earth. From the Russian Arctic to…

Gabon Announces Protection of 23 Percent of Its Waters

The announcement by President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon means that whales, sharks, turtles, rays, and countless other marine species in jeopardy from industrialization and overfishing will now have a blue haven on the West African coast.

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.

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.

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?

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.