Baby Juan Fernández sea lions are very curious and playful. They came to us as we were filming adult sea lions. Once they realized we were no threat, they couldn't have enough of us - and we couldn't either! Wonderful and magical moments during our @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation#expedition
"El Capitán" de Alejandro Selkirk y su nieto Iván, tres generaciones de pesca de langosta responsable y sostenible. Un ejemplo para el resto del mundo. Three generations of responsible and sustainable lobster fishing at Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile. An example for the world. @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation#expedition to Juan Fernández, #Chile
Our @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation#expedition to Cape Horn, #Chile, revealed many surprises. The most special was the discovery of this giant aggregation of the fake king crab. There were many thousands, from the giant kelp forest canopy to the bottom. There were so many we could actually not see the bottom! This region is rich and productive and requires serious protection
The enchanted kelp forest 20 meter below the surface at Herschel Island, right above Cape Horn, Chile. Diving here is like a dream. @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation expedition
We're arriving to the remote Diego Ramirez archipelago, after 6 hours sailing southwest of Cape Horn. Now Cape Horn seems like a shelter compared to this forgotten place, seen here from the bridge of expedition vessel Plan B. @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation expedition
We made it to Cape Horn! Ready for our first dive as I think of my friend Rob Stewart who passed this week because of a diving accident. RIP, defender of ocean life. We'll continue the good fight. @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation
South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) are very abundant at the Barbara Channel in the Magallanes region in Chile. They swam like torpedoes around us yesterday. We did not want to leave the water despite the cold! @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation 2017 expedition to Cape Horn
Sunrise sky at Carlos III Island in the Magallanes region of Chile, one of the windiest places in the world. Even at our sheltered anchorage, the wind is howling. Wondering whether we'll be able to dive where we planned last night. Nature has a knack of ruining one's plans! @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation expedition to Cape Horn
Expedition vessel Plan B anchored off Carlos III Island in southern Chile. We did the first dives of our @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation expedition to the land of the pristine fjords. At sea, kelp forests; on land, a forest of Southern beech
Landing in Santiago de Chile on my way to our @natgeopristineseas expedition to Cape Horn, starting tonight! Excited to start another adventure, and research and filming work on @waittfoundation research vessel #PlanB
This is a photo by @kelvintrautman of an iceberg in Antarctica. Look at the bottom right. There is a man swimming wearing only a speedo and a swimming cap. That man is my friend @lewis.pugh who is risking his life to raise awareness about the wilderness areas in Antarctica. Proud to be working with him to help protect more of the wild waters of the southern ocean @natgeopristineseas
Today, France has protected Clipperton Island, the only coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. In March of 2016, the Pristine Seas team set out to explore this atoll, around which the deep sea was previously unexplored. The offshore waters are home to sharks, tunas, manta rays, and whale sharks. Now French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal has created a marine reserve encompassing Clipperton’s territorial waters, protecting a key transit point in the marine corridors that sharks and other marine species use to migrate through the tropical eastern Pacific! #pristineseas#exploration#conservation#clipperton#atoll
USA is still a great country
"The investment that all of us make together here, today, is vital for our economy, it's vital for our foreign policy, it's vital for our national security - it's also vital for our spirit, it's vital to who we are" - President Obama. I'm grateful to have been a part of this fantastic #OurOcean 2016 conference, and excited for the great strides in ocean protection that we are taking.
Shot by @manusanfelix_official | This afternoon at the Our Ocean 2016, France's Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal announced the creation of a marine protected area around the very unique remote coral atoll of Clipperton, located in the tropical eastern Pacific. The outer waters of Clipperton are home to sharks, tunas, manta rays, whale sharks, and numerous other marine creatures, and this new MPA is a crucial first step to protecting this wildlife. Here, juvenile sharks patrol a reef of Clipperton during our @NatGeoPristineSeas expedition to the atoll in March of this year. #conservation#Clipperton#France#exploration#sharks#atoll#pristineseas
Yesterday, the presidents of Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica came together came together and committed to expand protections in the eastern tropical Pacific — one of the ocean regions that is highly rich in marine wildlife such as tuna, sharks, sea turtles, and marine mammals. The expansion of the Malpelo sanctuary to more than 25,000 sq km of fully protected waters is another key step in protecting the biological corridors - marine 'highways' - that sharks and other migratory species use to move between these countries. This expansion gives more room to breathe to one of the largest aggregations of sharks on the planet. It was a great day for the ocean! #NatGeoGalápagos#Malpelo#Cocos#conservation#marinereserve#pristineseas@natgeopristineseas
Happy #WorldOceansDay everyone! Everyday should be ocean day, because the ocean makes our life on earth possible. Some try to put a value on ocean "resources". How much do you value the oxygen in the atmosphere that allows us to breathe? Well, more than half of it comes from the ocean. Since my life - and the life of most creatures on the planet - depends on it, to me, it has infinite value. Thank you @blancpain1735@davidoffparfums@waittfoundation and all other partners of @natgeo@natgeopristineseas
Out @natgeopristineseas team loves sharks, but we could not be happier when a pod of bottlenose dolphins visited us during our @natgeo#pristineseas expedition to the #Revillagigedo last April. Their bodies were full of scratches, which may be caused by other dolphins' teeth. This group stayed with us for a few minutes, whistling, chirping, twisting around us as they looked at us with their curious eyes and their permanent smile. Their joy is contagious!
A male triggerfish (top) is courting a female at San Benedicto Island, Mexico. Triggerfish make nests on the sand, where the female will lay eggs and the male fertilizes them - and guard them aggressively. Never a dull moment during our @natgeo@natgeopristineseas expeditions! #Revillagigedo
Silky sharks below our expedition boat during our recent @natgeo@natgeopristineseas expedition to the #revillagigedoislands. The sharks seem frozen on sunlight beams. You know a place is pristine when sharks show up as soon as you jump in the water.
"Keratin is only keratin" is my response to those involved in rhino horn consumption.
Rhinos are being killed to extinction mainly because of demand for their horns for supposed medicinal purposes. But rhino horns are made of keratin, and have no miracle substances. People who need a cure for something might as well be eating their own fingernails.
Rhino killings are caused by a combination of superstition (in Asia) + greed (in Asia and Africa) + desperation (in Africa). Let's make sure superstitious people know their ignorance is annihilating a majestic animal without any benefits to them.
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