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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.
We’ve explored the underwater world of the Pitcairn Islands for the past month, but every day there were 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.”
Long before the arrival of the “Bounty” mutineers, this remote island was home to generations of Polynesian navigators and traders. Discover what hints still remain of this fascinating culture.
Diving at Henderson it is so easy to be fascinated by the sharks and other large fishes, that we risk missing entire little universes. As these photos show though, no matter what scale we view things at, Henderson reefs are full of life.
Herein a reader will find an account of a typical morning in the life of the Pitcairn Islands Expedition Team, on board the Claymore II, owned and manned by a crew of colorful New Zealanders.
We arrived at Henderson Island at dawn. It was like the typical view that people in office buildings have on their walls, to inspire dreams about where they’d rather be.
This morning we arrived at Henderson Island, where in 1820 three survivors of the wreck of the whaling ship Essex lived for more than 4 months after their ship was sunk by a bull sperm whale, and while their companions made a horrific journey through storm, starvation, death, and cannibalism until finding rescue in the waters off South America.
With the thickness of the vegetation, the intact nature of the forest, its relative richness, the complexity of substrate, difficulty of travel, and lack of frequentation in this place you would be finding new and amazing species of plants for decades to come. I was ready to devour every detail I could of Henderson.
In an unprecedented FB Live Event, Ocean Explorer, Enric Sala will be calling in for an interview via satelitte phone from the remote Pitcairn Islands. Join us for a live conversation on the National Geographic Facebook page Wednesday, March 28 at 2:30pm ET (7:30pm UTC). Post your questions there or in the comments section of this blog post. Then tune in for the live interview and post more questions as the conversation develops.
The coral reefs of Ducie Atoll are some of the last tropical marine paradises, memories of what the ocean was like before extensive human impacts.
After 5 days at Pitcairn Island we sailed to Ducie Atoll, one of the least visited places in the ocean, uninhabited, and as far as we know, unfished.
Today, after a rained-out attempt at filming the sunrise, we took to the beach to survey the trash that was strewn all about this uninhabited island. Then the mystery of the dead petrels thickened.
See just-taken photos of the top fish found around the remote Pitcairn Island by NG Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala as he and his team work to discover just how healthy these faraway waters are.
We had a big assignment today, to census all the petrels in the forest and try to figure out what species they are. It is kind of like Christmas when you do your first transect in a new place: you don’t know what you are going to find.