VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
Tag archives for Pitcairn Islands
Today it’s easy to buy a drone that is flyable right off the shelf and start shooting aerial footage. Just three years ago, that wasn’t the case. National Geographic’s Alan Turchik built a custom drone from scratch to take on his first major expedition to the legendary Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific…and things went badly.
Relive the adventures and stunning photos of the expedition behind the announcement of the world’s largest contiguous marine protected area.
NG Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala heads to London to support the inhabitants of Pitcairn Island in their quest to protect the abundant marine life surrounding their famously remote home.
Experience a journey to some of Earth’s most remote and storied islands in Mike Fay’s daily journal entries from his recent month-long expedition in the South Pacific.
223 years ago this weekend, Fletcher Christian led the infamous mutiny on the “Bounty.” They then settled on the remote and beautiful Pitcairn Island. See what life is like for their descendants who still live there today.
Many nights on the Pitcairn Islands expedition you’d find the team watching the sunset. Amid the oos and ahhs you’d hear numerous cameras clicking away as various team members tried to capture brief moments in the ever-changing show.
Even when you’re focused on exploring the underwater world, there are stunning sights and inspiring views to be found above the waves as well.
After three weeks of diving and exploration, discover what we discovered in these remote and beautiful islands and atolls.
From feeding fish to building up coral reefs, see why humble algae are actually the unsung heroes of the undersea world.
There is silence on the “Claymore II” except for the deep noise of the engine, the wind and the rain, and the rolling waves crashing on the side of the ship. Foul weather has called an end to our expedition a day early.
After rough weather and not seeing a lot of fish we headed out of the lagoon against the oncoming waves, zigzagging at high speed while trying to miss the shallow rocks and corals, and trying not to capsize.
Some fish, with their delicate features and calm poised attitudes, always appear ready for their close-ups. Others, like this teetering triggerfish, look like you’ve just snapped a Polaroid of them in the middle of wild weekend in Las Vegas.
After three islands full of sharks, we were surprised by our first dives at Oeno, where the huge, colorful grouper seems to be king of the seas.
Expedition team member Alan Friedlander describes the scientists’ most recent dive, saying “With over 6,000 hours underwater, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”