Revealing and protecting underwater worlds.
Our Ocean work aims to explore, understand, and conserve marine and coastal systems. Across topics like oceanography, marine/coastal ecology, climate science, ocean exploration technology, community-based conservation, and related fields — our goal is to inspire and empower people across the globe to better understand and protect the world’s ocean.
As vast as the ocean itself, the stories that derive from our ocean Explorers inspire us to connect with the ocean and work toward finding solutions to protect it. As of today, we have helped protect millions of square kilometers of ocean through our Explorer-led programs.
National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala and a team of determined scientists, storytellers, and policy experts launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help inspire the protection of the world’s ocean. Together, they are working to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive — while ensuring effective management for years to come.
Our Ocean Explorers
From shallow coastal tides to the depths of the sea, they reveal underwater worlds that sustain life on Earth.
Our Explorers have embarked on groundbreaking expeditions — they’ve discovered new marine life, uncovered significant pieces of human history, created several important marine life reserves supporting both wildlife and local communities, and inspired countless others to explore the ocean. They are determined photographers, marine biologists, scientists, policy experts, and filmmakers working to protect marine life and ensure its survival.
Jahawi Bertolli: Telling the story of the ocean
Salome Buglass: Protecting underwater mountain systems
David Gruber: Researching with respect and a gentler touch
Asha de Vos: From childhood dreaming to pioneering explorer
Sylvia Earle: Exploring and protecting the ocean for seven decades
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Photo Credits from top of page: Enric Sala, Manu San Félix, Steve De Neef, Joe McKendry (illustration), Manu San Félix, Octavio Aburto. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.