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More than five years ago, Enric Sala left a tenured position at prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography and showed up at Nat Geo’s doorstep to outline his vision for protecting the last wild places in the ocean. Today, with support from the Society, the audacious marine ecologist remains the driving force behind the Pristine Seas Project, an epic effort to establish marine reserves–underwater national parks–around the world. I recently got the chance to chat with Sala about his hometown in Catalonia, his favorite place to scuba dive, and more. Here’s what he had to say.

Less than three percent. That’s the portion of the world’s oceans now set aside for conservation — a small safety net that ecologists are working to increase. Joining a wave of new marine reserves, Australia recently designated 382,000 square miles in the Coral Sea to preserve an area of fish-haloed seamounts, turtle nesting areas, and…

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

A passport stamp is just ink on paper. How can something so simple be so complex, possessing the ability to transport us back so immediately to our pasts? That frantic, crowd-dodging dash to catch a flight to Bhutan before the gate closed, the first time you tasted champagne in Champagne, the feeling of falling in…

On Board Mission Blue

When the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference offered it’s annual prize to National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, it also came with a wish. TED said Earle could ask for anything and they’d help to make it happen. Earle, a renown oceanographer, wished for global network of protected marine areas. “I wish you would use all…

What would the oceans look like if humans never existed? Soon we may find out. Last week, National Geographic launched an expedition to some of the world’s most isolated waters in the South Pacific. Departing from Tahiti, the group will explore and document the islands and atolls of the southern Line Islands, which are largely…