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Protecting the Last Wild Places in the Ocean

Spending weeks at sea, diving thousands of hours, and seeking out some of the least explored and understood places in the ocean, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala and a team of determined scientists and filmmakers work to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive—while ensuring effective management for years to come.





Our Impact


Expeditions completed
around the world


Over 6 million
square kilometers protected


Marine reserves





Latest Stories

Our impact is often featured in the news. Here are some of the most recent stories about the work the Pristine Seas team is doing around the world. 

Our Expeditions

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

All Expeditions

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<p>Photograph by Beverly Joubert</p>

Photograph by Manu San Felix

About Pristine Seas

National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help inspire the protection of the last wild places in the ocean. 

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With Support From 





The Brook Foundation, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Jean and Steve Case, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, DAVIDOFF Cool Water, The Don Quixote Foundation, Roger and Rosemary Enrico, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic Fund, Oracle, Philip Stephenson Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Vicki and Roger Sant, The Waitt Foundation, and other individual donors.

Pristine Seas
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