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Desventuradas Expedition: The Sea Urchin and the Plastic Razor

Even in some of the most remote waters on Earth, human trash can be a surprisingly effective camouflage.

Desventuradas Expedition: The Cutest Predator

The top predator at the Desventuradas Islands is not the typical reef shark, or a grouper with a huge mouth able to swallow a diver. It’s something much cuter.

Desventuradas Expedition: New Species and the Best Dive Yet

Three lucky team members take the sub and become the first humans to view this seamount exclaiming, “This is the exact definition of exploration!”

Desventuradas Expedition: Fish Bigger Than We Are

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Jen Casselle is a veteran member of Enric’s Pristine Seas project, and is a Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute, University of California…

Desventuradas Expedition: The Thrill of the Dive

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore and record the underwater life around the remote Desventuradas Islands, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. This post is by expedition member Alex Muñoz, Executive Director of Oceana.   By Alex Muñoz Translated from Spanish.…

Valentine’s Day at the Unfortunate Islands

The strange and beautiful mola mola surprises the team, and sea lions come a-courting on the most romantic day of the year.

Desventuradas Expedition: Bizarre and Wonderful Sub Dive

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Follow his adventures throughout the month. 13 February 2013 The Argo, our ship, was anchored on the northern side of San Ambrosio Island, sheltered…

Desventuradas Expedition: First Humans to Dive San Ambrosio?

Unable to find any underwater photos from these islands, Enric Sala and team describe what may be the first time humans have ever swum beneath these waves.

Desventuradas Expedition: This Is Why We Are So Excited

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Follow his adventures throughout the next month.

Desventuradas Expedition Prepares for Launch

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is about to set off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Follow his adventures throughout the next month.

Cloud-watching in Patagonia

A peek into the clouds of Aysén.

Star trails from 47˚S, 72˚W

The night sky in Patagonia is breathtaking — there is no light pollution, and on a clear night with a new moon the sky flickers with stars. Long exposure photographs show us how the Earth spins relative to the stars.

Patagonia’s Local Llamas: The Guanaco

Have you ever met a guanaco? Learn about these large, charismatic mammals that roam the Patagonia National Park Project in Aysén, Chile.

Chile Becomes First Country to Protect All Seamounts From Bottom Trawling

  By Alex Muñoz of Oceana I’m happy to start 2013 by sharing some inspiring news from my country, Chile, one of the world’s top fishing nations. The good news is that our Government and National Congress, following campaigning by Oceana, overhauled our fishing laws by banning bottom trawling in all vulnerable marine ecosystems (including…

2.5 Days in 3rd Gear: Our Journey Down La Carretera Austral

Young Explorers Marty and Ross have arrived at the Future Patagonia National Park- track their progress via their LIVE interactive map as the push through the wilderness!