VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
Feel the excitement of our expedition—without having to smell like fish.
The waters surrounding the world’s largest raised coral atoll are about to get their biggest close-up yet.
Explorer Paul Rose looks back at recent discoveries during the final days of the latest Pristine Seas expedition.
The great man Christian Jost has been camping alone on Clipperton Island for the past four nights. Not entirely alone – he’s had about 100,000 masked boobies, 7,000 brown boobies, 500 red – footed boobies, 1,500 frigate birds, 1million crabs, 2,000 rats, the rusting remains of the guano (bird poop) industry, a mysterious algae and bacteria filled lagoon, 900 coconut palms and…
The highly energetic, beautiful reefs of Clipperton are dominated by moray eels. I’ve never seen anything like it. Typically, with most of their long bodies hidden inside holes, you only see their heads and the constantly opening and closing of their mouths displaying a fierce array of teeth. It’s different here – they are constantly…
Three hours might sound like a long dive, but it goes fast and the ascent into the light and these evocative, most beautiful blue waters comes too soon.
It’s been a fantastic first day here at Clipperton Island: We arrived before dawn and knew that we were getting close to the island because we could smell the thousands of birds from miles away!
Tonight we start our passage of 540 nautical miles of open Pacific Ocean to reach tiny, uninhabited Clipperton Island. The more that we learn about it, the keener we are to get out there and start exploring this wild place.
In one single heartbeat, one immeasurably powerful pulse, the Indian Ocean has changed my life: On this expedition I had the most moving and beautiful dive. Moving—because we were riding the high-speed incoming spring tide that courses through Grande Passe, the main pass from the open sea into the Aldabra lagoon. At the turn of…
We dive with full grown adult sharks most days and so we are relaxed with these little ones—but it’s not so easy if you are a cameraman and get caught unaware.
This is the largest raised coral atoll on Earth: remote, inhospitable, spared from human interference, home to 100,000 giant tortoises, and surrounded by pristine reefs. This is Aldabra! It is truly one of the wonders of the world. And we on this Pristine Seas expedition to study and record its wildlife are thrilled to be…
Nearly 60 years before our expedition to the Seychelles, Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic’s Luis Marden had their own adventures in these waters.
When a giant tortoise realizes you’re spying on his mating session, you’d better run. Or at least walk briskly.
With just a small boat, a big net, and a lot of manpower, beach seine netting continues to feed people thousands of years after its invention.
The incredible marine life under the waves is often only part of the story in the most wild places in the ocean. Our arrival in the Seychelles was a beautiful reminder of that.