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Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting the last wild places in the ocean
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Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting the last wild places in the ocean
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The Goal: Protect 20 of the Ocean's Wildest Places by 2020

The ocean. It covers 70 percent of the planet and shelters an incredible diversity of life. It gives us food, jobs, and more than half the oxygen we breathe. We swim and sail it, travel to be near it, and learn from it.

But we’re taking too many fish out of the ocean, polluting it, and making it warmer and more acidic. Yet only three percent of it is protected.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. These unique ecosystems are a window into the past, revealing what the ocean looked like before overfishing and pollution took their toll. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that help is needed to protect them. Read more.

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We’ve explored some of the wildest places in the ocean. See what we’ve discovered.

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Additional Support Provided By

The Brook Foundation, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, The Case Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Davidoff, The Don Quixote Foundation, Roger and Rosemary Enrico, Helmsley Charitable TrustLindblad Expeditions–National Geographic Fund, Philip Stephenson Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Vicki and Roger Sant, The Waitt Foundation, and other individual donors

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