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While on expedition to the Northern Line Islands we spotted this deeply hued steephead parrotfish on the reef crest near La Paloma Pass, in Kingman Reef. Steephead parrotfish are the most important fish grazers in this reef ecosystem and help to maintain coral dominance by keeping macroalgae in check.  📸 @enricsala
We just returned safely back on land from our expedition to Uruguay, and it’s time to begin our analysis and compilation of the recorded data.  We are grateful to the scientists, filmmakers, and sailors aboard the ROU 23 Maldonado, whose camaraderie, hard work, and collaboration are an inspiration for ocean conservation. 📸 by @jumarafilms @alexmunozwilson @adventurewhit @tortuplastik @occuruguay @karumbeuruguay @andresmilessi
Our documentary #TheLastIce has been nominated for a Banff World Media Festival Rockie Award in the Environmental & Wildlife category! Thank you to @BanffMedia for recognizing the amazing team who produced this film, which tells the story of Inuit communities fighting to protect the disappearing Arctic. Haven’t seen it yet? The Last Ice is now available for streaming on Disney Plus. 📸 by @manusanfelix
Great shearwaters, like these that we spotted while on expedition in 2017, migrate over 12,000 miles each year between their breeding grounds in the Tristan da Cunha Islands and their feeding groups in the northern Atlantic. A healthy ocean is the foundation for a thriving ecosystem, both below and above water. Tristan da Cunha’s community-led, 700,000 square kilometer marine sanctuary, designated in late 2020, safeguards the incredible biodiversity of this remote archipelago. #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #MigratoryBirdDay 📸 by Andy Schofield
Our team is driven to create a better future for the ocean. We partner with local communities, governments, and NGOs to support the protection of our oceans for the benefit of nature and humanity. @macfound #100andChange 📸 @ManuSanFelix
We’re back from our expedition to Uruguay! Last week, we launched our first expedition to this country with @occuruguay on board the National Navy’s ROU 23 Maldonado. We conducted first-in-the-field scientific studies to support the creation of new marine reserves. Join us over the next few days as we share great moments from the expedition. 📸 by @jumarafilms
In a newly-released report, the Kawésqar communities in #Chile request a ban on new salmon farms and the removal of existing salmon farms in Kawésqar National Reserve.  “Salmon farming is a serious threat to Kawésqar ancestral territory where we have lived for more than 6000 years, said the Kawésqar Communities for the Defense of the Sea in a statement. “We are part of the land and the sea, but above all of the sea, because it gives us food to live, it allows us to navigate and also because there are the remains and memories of our ancients that are sacred to us.” Alex Muñoz, Pristine Seas director for Latin America, affirmed that “the Kawésqar national reserve has enormous and irreplaceable ecological and cultural value, but that today it is at risk because it allows activities such as salmon farming that have severe and well-known impacts in the ecosystem. Banning salmon aquaculture inside this national reserve is the only way to secure a future to this natural and human treasure of global importance.” -- Un nuevo informe elaborado conjuntamente por las comunidades Kawésqar por la Defensa del Mar y National Geographic y su iniciativa Pristine recomienda no aprobar nuevos centro de cultivo de salmones y el retiro de los existentes dentro de la Reserva Nacional Kawésqar en Chile para salvaguardar la naturaleza irremplazable de esta área protegida y mantener la integridad biocultural de dichas comunidades Kawésqar. “La salmonicultura es una amenaza grave al territorio ancestral donde hemos vivido por más de 6000 años. Nosotros somos parte de la tierra y el mar, pero sobre todo del mar, porque nos da el alimento para vivir, nos permite navegar y también porque ahí están los restos y memorias de nuestros antiguos que para nosotros son sagradas. Las salmoneras, con todos los daños que provoca, amenazan una vez más nuestra subsistencia”, señalaron las Comunidades Kawésqar por la Defensa del Mar y coautores del informe. El informe combinó el conocimiento científico y biocultural recopilado durante dos expediciones a la zona de los fiordos patagónicos que corresponde a territorio ancestral del pueblo Kawésqar o Kawésqar Wæs. 📸 by @manusanfelix
While on expedition to Tristan da Cunha, our team spotted these striking northern rockhopper penguins on remote Gough Island. The Tristan-led conservation of 700,000 sq km around the archipelago will help provide a safe haven for this endangered penguin species.  #WorldPenguinDay 📸 by Andy Schofield
For the last 30 years, coastal communities in the Azores have been reimagining their relationship with whales through sustainable tourism. "Whale watching in the Azores brings a lot more value to the region, both land and sea," says Norberto Serpa, whale watching guide. @oceanoazulfoundation
📸 by @alexmunozwilson from our recent expedition to Uruguay. To document the marine life that dwells close to the ocean surface in Uruguay, we deployed pelagic cameras that hang 10m below the surface. Andrés Estradé from @karumbeuruguay , together with Pristine Seas scientist Whitney Goodell, conducted daily surveys with the pelagic cameras, sometimes under extreme conditions.  This time-intensive but effective use of recording technology helps us see which species frequent these open waters.  @countingfishes @adventurewhit @tortuplastik @occuruguay
In 2016, our team embarked on an expedition to Clipperton Atoll, located a thousand kilometers from the coast of Mexico in the tropical eastern Pacific, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the island's marine and terrestrial ecosystem. “There is a tremendous sense of wildness, beauty, power, and vitality here,” shared Paul Rose during the expedition. Later in 2016, the team’s scientific findings helped to support the creation of a marine reserve that encompasses Clipperton’s territorial waters. 📸 by @ManuSanFelix
Dispatch from our recent expedition to Uruguay: Working 100 miles off the Uruguayan coast, we employed remote cameras to study the country’s marine ecosystem. From our Zodiac expedition boat, we used deep sea cameras to venture down to Uruguay’s seafloor, as deep as 1400 m. The cameras recorded footage that will be used to identify fish and invertebrates, and to determine their relative abundance and diversity.  Working in the middle of the sea, without the shelter of a bay to block the swells and wind, makes loading and unloading our equipment a challenging maneuver. Thanks to the professionalism and skills of the ROU 23 Maldonado crew, we were able to deploy the cameras safely each day and successfully carry out our work. 📸 by @alexmunozwilson @adventurewhit @tortuplastik
The ocean in Uruguay is home to many incredible marine species, and we were thrilled to see some of them—including sharks—during our expedition last week.  Our observations suggest that Uruguay has an extraordinarily rich marine ecosystem where threatened species live, reproduce, and feed. 📸 by @jumarafilms @andresmilessi @alexmunozwilson @occuruguay   @adventurewhit @tortuplastik  @karumbeuruguay