Palau Expedition: The Good Side of Bad Weather

In September 2013, Palau’s current President Tommy Remengesau announced his intention to protect 80 percent of Palau’s waters as a National Marine Sanctuary. For the month of September 2014, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala is leading key scientists and filmmakers to explore, survey, and document the diversity and abundance of the marine life that will be protected by the new offshore sanctuary. The team will also assess how well inshore marine protected areas have performed to date.

Storm above, living world below. (Photo by
Storm above, living world below. (Photo by Manu San Felix)

We continue our Pristine Seas expedition in Palau. In 10 days our team
has spent a total of over 250 man-hours underwater. We are
collecting tons of scientific data and shooting unique underwater
wonders. As fulfilling as expedition work is, it is exhausting, and
sometimes hard, especially when it’s rough out there. Today there is a
tropical depression north of Palau. It is so windy that the rain is
hitting us horizontally, and being underwater feels much better than
being on a small, rocking boat.

The good side of this bad weather is spectacular views like this one at the Ulong Channel on the west side
of the Palau reef crest. Our underwater cinematographer, Manu San
Felix, was precariously standing on a sandy bottom with patch reefs,
trying not to be swept away by the strong current; but he could take
this photo showing the contrast between the serenity of the underwater
world and the dramatic storm above.

Read All Pristine Seas: Palau Blog Posts

The Pristine Seas expedition to Palau is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water.


  1. BlackDyyyck69
    yourmom House 6969 st.`
    March 23, 2015, 1:54 pm


  2. growing_black
    December 19, 2014, 4:09 am

    That’s awesome I’ll follow you on twitter
    I didnt’t know how beautiful is the sea world only when I’ve seen your pic.

  3. Joy Holmes
    United States
    December 18, 2014, 8:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beauty that I couldn’t see for myself. I’m an Artist and I really love all of the most beautiful colors. Thank you again. My painting name is Selah. It means to pause and mediate. Because most of my art has alot of unseen images. And lots of colors.

  4. Inma Rodríguez
    A Coruña, SPAIN
    September 15, 2014, 6:58 am

    hola Enric, qué maravilla de lugares, qué fotos.
    ahora ya se que no estás en Cumbre ICES en Coruña, te había puesto un mensaje por si acaso.
    Cuidate mucho.
    Un saludo