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Follow these fur seals as they swim around the waters of one of the most remote inhabited places in the world —Juan Fernandez Archipelago. 🌊 In collaboration with the Waitt Foundation, @NatGeoPristineSeas launched a two-week scientific expedition to the Juan Fernández archipelago to study and film its coastal, deep-sea and open-ocean ecosystems in March 2017. This expedition was key to support the creation of a marine park in Juan Fernández, which is the second largest in the American continent at 262,000 square kilometers. Visit natgeo.com/ocean or click the link in our bio to learn more about how our Explorers are working to inspire, educate, preserve, and protect marine environments.
From the archives: In the 1970s, the National Geographic Society supported Roger Payne’s research on humpback whales—charting a new area of research into whale communication. For over 30 years he studied different species of whales, their migration, behavior, mating patterns, and most uniquely, their sounds. He found that whales use sophisticated communication strategies using complex harmonies.
Young Explorer and activist @melatiwijsen has fought since 2013 to rid the beautiful Bali beaches of plastic waste. In 2019, she joined us at #NatGeoFest to share how she co-founded @ByeByePlasticBags , the largest youth-driven NGO in Indonesia. Melati also started @OneIslandOneVoice , which has cleaned up beaches all over the island of Bali, and @youthtopia.world . Tune in to our Story as she takes over to talk about her work to help conserve our oceans.
As a self-proclaimed “waterwoman,” Nat Geo Explorer Shannon Switzer Swanson’s (@shannonoceans ) love for the ocean began at a young age in her hometown of San Diego, California. Now, as a marine social ecologist, Shannon studies human-ocean connections to address today’s most pressing marine conservation issues. Visit natgeo.com/oceans or click the link in our bio to learn more about how our Explorers are working to inspire, educate, preserve, and protect marine environments.
After several years of pioneering dives, prominent naturalist William Beebe and young adventurer Otis Barton explored new depths of the ocean—3,028 feet down—in this curious craft in 1934. They called it a “bathysphere,” Greek for "deep ball." Their expeditions brought new findings and set a new depth record for living humans. The June 1931 issue of @NatGeo magazine published an account of the pair’s first dives in the bathysphere, entitled "A Round Trip to Davy Jones's Locker."
Coral reefs are fundamental to the wildlife in our oceans. About 25% of the ocean’s fish depend on healthy coral reefs, so it’s critical to protect these habitats. In partnership with the National Geographic Society, the powerful @AllenCoralAtlas uses high resolution satellite imagery, machine learning, and field data to provide detailed maps of the world's coral reefs to: 🌊 Prioritize site selection 🌊 Overlay different types of information (i.e. NOAA Coral Reef Watch Data) 🌊 Use the maps as a visualization tool for stakeholder communication. Learn more about the Allen Coral Atlas and their coral reef maps at the link in our bio.
Nat Geo Explorer and photographer @brianskerry has spent more than two decades and over 10,000 hours underwater, photographing marine life — like this whale shark in Yucatan, Mexico — with the intention to inspire ocean conservation efforts. His latest project, a @NatGeo four-part series called #SecretsOfTheWhales, showcases this work over three years and in 24 locations around the world. Link in bio to learn more. 📷: Luis Lamar
In partnership with local communities, governments, and NGOs, the @natgeopristineseas initiative works to support the protection of our oceans for the benefit of nature and humanity. To date, the team’s scientific research, media outreach, and policy efforts have helped to create 23 marine reserves around the globe. @macfound #100andChange
Nat Geo Explorer @BrianSkerry was inspired at a young age by the mysteries of the ocean. As a wildlife photographer, he shared: “My job is to tell a complete story, so we can look to the solutions.” He’s now spent over 10,000 hours underwater photographing marine life — covering stories like the harp seal’s survival in frozen waters, the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, dolphin intelligence, and the protection of special underwater ecosystems. Learn more about his latest project, a @NatGeo four-part series called #SecretsOfTheWhales, which showcases his work over three years and in 24 locations around the world. Link in bio.
The @natgeopristineseas team is driven to create a better future for the ocean. Through exploration, science, and storytelling, Pristine Seas works to protect vital marine ecosystems for the benefit of nature and humanity. “The ocean provides food and oxygen, helps regulate the climate, and holds a tremendous amount of biodiversity,” says project founder and Explorer in Residence @EnricSala . “The best thing we can do is to protect at least 30% of the ocean and allow it to do its job.”
Conservationist Siddharth Agarwal shares his passion for protecting India’s rivers, which are threatened by pollution, illegal mining, and overuse. “At an individual level, I can only do as much,” says Siddharth. “But if I become a collective, I can help the river.” #CampaignForNature @veditum
The RMS Titanic sank #OTD in 1912. On a classified Cold War mission 73 years later, Explorer at Large Bob Ballard and his team tracked down the ship’s long-lost remains—and honored the lives lost. Check out the link in our bio to read more about this story.
Explorer, zoologist, and marine biologist @Giovanni_Chimienti is fascinated by the depth of the oceans — and works to help protect coral forests, which he sees as the living oasis of the deep. He shared: “I was already a marine biologist when I reached a clear idea about how little we know about life and habitats down there.” Now, Giovanni studies coral and deep-sea environments in the Mediterranean Sea, using technical diving, remotely operated vehicles, and submersibles.