Pristine Seas@natgeopristineseas

National Geographic Pristine Seas is dedicated to protecting the last wild places in the ocean.

http://pristineseas.org/

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Public lands and waters across America are under threat. There are no replacements for these wild places if they disappear. #monumentsforall


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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.

#Mexico #Revillagigedo #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #SalvaRevillagigedo


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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.

#Niue #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish


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Last week, Mexico announced its commitment to create a new no-take marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, protecting 148,000 square kilometers around the iconic Revillagigedo archipelago. It will be the largest protected area of its kind in North America. Known as the “Galápagos of Mexico,” this archipelago provides critical habitat to one of the largest aggregations of sharks and manta rays in the world, as well as tuna, humpback whales, dolphins, five species of sea turtles and many endemic species. This photo was shot by @enricsala, when Galápagos sharks approached us off the coast of Socorro Island during our expedition to the archipelago with @MaresMexicanos.
#Mexico #Revillagigedo #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #SalvaRevillagigedo


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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.

#OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #JuanFernandez #CapeHorn #Chile #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #kelp @waittfoundation @waittinstitute


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Today the island nation of Niue announces the protection of 40% of its waters, or 127,000 square km. The protected area will include deep ocean seamounts and the biodiversity-rich Beveridge Reef, home to the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world. As the global community comes together at Our Ocean 2017 in Malta to address the challenges facing the ocean, this South Pacific island today takes an extraordinary leadership role by establishing a park of this magnitude.
Shot by @manusanfelix_official during our 2016 expedition to Niue.
#Niue #OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish


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At the Our Ocean 2017 conference, the countries of Chile and Niue have just made a huge splash in the world of ocean conservation. The island nation of Niue has turned 40 percent of its exclusive economic zone into a marine reserve, and Chile has added two new marine parks where fishing and all other extractive activities are banned. Together, the three parks protect more than 750,000 square kilometers! Take a look at the link in our bio for the full story.
#OurOcean @NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #science #conservation #exploration #oceanoptimism #expedition #nature #Niue #JuanFernandez #CapeHorn #Chile #NatGeo #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish @waittfoundation @waittinstitute


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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!

Shot by @manusanfelix_official at the island of Niue, one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world and home to abundant underwater life.
#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #OurOcean


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#TBT to exploring Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands. The Clarion angelfish lives exclusively in the waters of the Revillagigedo archipelago and the southern tip of Baja California. This brilliantly-colored fish forms schools that can often be found grazing the rocks, as seen here, or cleaning local hammerheads and mantas. Shot by @enricsala in the waters off of Isla San Benedicto.
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#NatGeo #pristineseas @MaresMexicanos #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection #coral #reef #fish #OurOcean #SalvaRevillagigedo


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Pristine reefs like those of the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands need to be protected. They are not only some of the greatest natural treasures of the world, they are our baselines. They show us what we have lost elsewhere.
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Shot by @enricsala.
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#NatGeo #pristineseas #marine #PRIMNM #conservation #exploration #expedition #monument #sanctuary #environment #heritage #ocean #protection #sharks #coral #reef #BlueParks


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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.

#internationalcoastalcleanup #coastalcleanupday #cleanup2017 #keepourbeachesclean #earthoptimism #plastic #pollution #beachcleanup #marine #conservation #exploration #expedition #ocean #protection


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