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Enric Sala

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Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Day in Photos

The expedition continues on and for the team, it’s business as usual. The crew arrives at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, one of 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land archipelago. Team members Forrest and Paul hike to the glacier to prepare for a longer transect. Meanwhile, the first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora’s lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. Walruses, known to be aggressive at times, have maintained civility and even permit their pictures to be taken by the expedition photographers!

Franz Josef Land Expedition: “Exceeding Every Expectation”

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Oh Give Me a Home, Where the Walruses Roam

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Walruses in the Mist

The National Geographic media team makes a new friend – a young walrus tags along as the team explores the archipelago.

Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

This giant species of sea spider was found for the first time during the Leigh-Smith 1881 expedition to Franz Josef Land. The team may be the first people ever to photograph it in its natural environment.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: First Arctic Dive!

The team finally makes it to shore after three days aboard the MS Polaris. Eager to get into the water, the divers brave the extreme cold to catch a glimpse the sea creatures living beneath the surface.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Land Ho!

Photographer Andrey Kameney captures the first sighting of land- Alexandra Land- one of 191 islands that make up the greater archipelago Franz Josef Land.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Mosaic of Arctic Horizons

Photographer Andrey Kameney captures all moods of the Barents Sea on the 3-day sail from Murmansk Port to Franz Josef Land.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: The Mission Ahead

Team Member Lucie McNeil grabbed Maria Gavrilo (Deputy Director for Science of the Russian Arctic National Park) and Enric for an interview to get a sense of their hopes around the intense collaborative work in the weeks ahead.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Settling In

As our ship, the Polaris, steams north, marshaled closely by a gregarious gaggle of seabirds, we hustle neatly into on-board prep tasks, and getting to know each other’s science and media teams amidst the hubbub of language obstacles (and hilarious misunderstandings).

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Setting Off

With a sense of adventure and high expectations, the team is finally underway as they sail toward’s Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world.

Follow an Expedition to the Russian Arctic

We are aboard the Russian ship MS Polaris, in the commercial seaport of Murmansk. In a few hours we’ll be sailing north for three days, to Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole.

Desventuradas Expedition: The Importance of Being Here

Vice President of Oceana, South America Alex Muñoz Wilson weighs in on the incredible work being done at Desventuradas and the effect it will likely have on the future of conservation in Chile.

Desventuradas Expedition: Where Giant Lobsters Roam

The team discovers a robust population of lobsters weighing over 15 pounds!

Desventuradas Expedition: A Surprise Stowaway

Enric Sala and cinematographer Manu San Félix meet a particularly friendly lobster while exploring an underwater kelp forest.