A fabulous shot of the glistening Juan Fernandez Fur seals from @natgeo photographer @manusanfelix_official during our recent expedition with @natgeopristineseas. These marine mammals are actually more akin to sea lions and are also known as "eared seals" for the same reason. They were thought extinct but in the last 50 years the population has recovered significantly. Our teams loved diving with these guys, they're very curious and once they realized we were not a threat they were zooming around and playing with our team. Many have commented on how like dogs they are, apropos for this #nationalpuppyday#seadogs#seal#furseal#earedseal#marinemammal#sealion
Dozens of pups from the endemic species Juan Fernandez fur seal swims in the shallow waters of this sheltered bay. This species was considered to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1965. Nowadays the population is increasing due to the protection of the species and the abundance of food in this waters. Film and post by @manusanfelix_official on expedition with the Waitt Foundation and @natgeopristineseas.#waittexpedition@planb_yacht
The sea bottom dominated by hundred thousands of long-spine sea urchins is what we've found after four days diving at Alexander Selkirk island. It's difficult to know why this species is dominating the sea bottom. Un fondo marino dominado por cientos de miles de erizos es lo que nos hemos encontrado después de cuatro días buceando en la isla Alexander Selkirk. Resulta difícil saber cómo esta especie ha llegado a dominar de esta forma el paisaje submarino. @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation@canon#chile
Rock pool school with Centre Manager Eleanor Yeld Hutchings.
Eleanor introduces the children to a feather found in the rock pools in front of the centre.
Watch the clip to find out more about this fascinating sea creature.
Video and text by @jonbetzfilms | Steep cliffs loomed above the crew as the Pristine Seas team explored the waters around Alejandro Selkirk Island. At over 1,000 meters high, Selkirk's peaks occasionally receive snowfall. The remote island's massive and rugged features make it seem totally inaccessible and yet the island is home to a small but dedicated fishing community committed to a sustainable future for the archipelago.
Shot and text by @manusanfelix_official | After five days of diving at Alejandro Selkirk Island, we've found that the sea floor around the island is dominated by hundreds of thousands of long-spine sea urchins. It's difficult to know why this is, but it is a spectacular sight to see large sea stars hunting them!
It's really cool to know that if you go out the door of our offices and walk into the sea that you can still see this. We are so lucky and want nothing but for that healthy ocean joy to spread. A #Repost thank you to our buddy @ralphpace for the #OceanOptimism. ・・・
Early morning explosion of light and life in the kelp beds of the Marine Protected Reserves in San Diego, CA. Happy Friday. Hope you all get a chance to get out and chase the world.
Otro extraordinario día termina en la Isla Alejandro Selkirk. Nuestro amigo Toño y su compañero salieron temprano a pescar y vuelven a tierra cuando ya queda poca luz. Toño ha sido fundamental para guiarnos a los mejores puntos donde bucear y sumergir nuestras cámaras remotas y así lograr un estudio lo más completo posible de estas aguas.
Expedición @natgeopristineseas y Waitt Foundation a Fernández, Chile, a bordo de @planb_yacht#waittexpedition
Juan Fernandez Fur seals are named for the navigator credited to have found the islands but they're not true seals. One of the primary differences between sea lions and seals is that sea lions are the ones that are supposed to have visible ear flaps. Several great shots from @thejoelepore show the reason these marine mammals are known as "eared" seals (Arctocephalus philippi). Once numbering in the millions, they were thought to have been hunted to extinction when, in 1965, they were "re-discovered". Through conservation efforts the population has been brought back to an estimated 12,000. #juanfernandez#sealion#seal#marinemammal@natgeopristineseas#waittexpedition#oceanoptimism
Shots by @jonbetzfilms and @manusanfelix_official | Today expedition leader @EnricSala and our Pristine Seas team begin a two-week expedition to Chile's Juan Fernández archipelago, lying about 600 km west of Valparaíso. Aboard the trusty Plan B and in partnership with @natgeopristineseas team will conduct the first comprehensive baseline survey of the waters around Alejandro Selkirk Island and explore the deep-sea and open ocean environments around Robinson Crusoe and Santa Clara Islands. Separated from continental South America by the Humboldt Current, the islands are home to many rare and endemic plants and animals, including the Juan Fernández fur seal. Follow us here to see more from the expedition to these unique islands and the underwater world around them!