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About Pristine Seas

Who we are. What we do. And why.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help protect 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, Sala and a small team of determined scientists and filmmakers have worked to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive—while ensuring effective management for years to come.

Our partnerships with country leaders, business leaders, NGOs, and local governments and communities are critical to our success. Our work with them has inspired the establishment of some of the largest marine reserves in the world.

Pristine Seas is National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation. The National Geographic Society is a major nonprofit supporter of the environment.

Find out where we’ve been, meet our team, and dive into each expedition and the exciting stories behind them.

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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 Cool Water, The Don Quixote Foundation, Roger and Rosemary Enrico, Helmsley Charitable TrustLindblad 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

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