Blending in with the coral and algal growth, a Mexican hogfish and a starry grouper eye the camera at Roca Partida, the smallest and most remote of the Revillagigedo Islands. Mexico recently committed to create a marine national park around the Revillagigedo Islands, protecting a refuge for a variety of species, from sea turtles and giant mantas to at least nine species of shark. At 148,000 square kilometers, this park will be the largest no-take marine area in North America. Shot by @enricsala.
Table corals (Acropora cytherea) emerge from the reef — one of many species of coral that the Pristine Seas team encountered while surveying the raised atoll of Niue and nearby Beveridge Reef. Announced by Niue's government at the Our Ocean conference in Malta last week, a new large-scale marine protected area will encompass 40% of the island nation's waters, protecting diverse coral ecosystems and the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world.
Shot by @manusanfelix_official.
Today at the Our Ocean 2017 conference in Malta, Chile creates two new fully protected marine reserves, increasing the protected surface area of their waters from 4.4% to 29% — a total area of more than one million square kilometers! The new marine park in Juan Fernández becomes the largest such marine reserve in the continental Americas at 485,000 sq km, and protects a number of endemic species that can be found nowhere else on Earth. The second park extends southward from Chile’s legendary Cape Horn and protects 140,000 sq km, including the world’s southernmost kelp forest ecosystems.
Shot by @enricsala during our expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands in March.
The ocean may seem vast, unknown, and distant to many of us. But it sustains life, from regulating climate change, to providing half of the oxygen that we breathe, to serving as the world's largest source of protein. This week we're excited to be joining the #OurOcean 2017 conference in Malta, where global leaders will come together to respond to the challenges facing our ocean today through innovation, cooperation, and commitment. Stay tuned on October 5th and 6th for more from the conference!
Today is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Shot by @enricsala off the coast of San Ambrosio Island, a short-spined urchin uses the old trick of camouflage, taking up bits of rock, algae and - in this case - a plastic razor, to blend in with the rocky seafloor.
Our debris can end up in even the most remote waters on Earth. So seize the day. Join your local coastal cleanup, or simply head down to the shore and help make it a cleaner place for marine life and people alike.