Pristine Seas Expeditions | Clipperton

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Pristine Seas Expeditions | Clipperton

National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, in collaboration with the Government of France conducted a 16-day expedition to Île de la Passion (Clipperton Atoll) in March 2016 to perform comprehensive quantitative surveys of the health of its largely unknown marine environment, and produce a documentary film to highlight this unique ecosystem. The research included quantitative surveys of shallow flora and fauna using underwater visual surveys on scuba, baited remote underwater video cameras, and diver operated stereo video surveys. In addition, we explored the pelagic (open ocean) communities using baited stereo-cameras, and deep-sea habitats using National Geographic’s drop-cams and a 3-person submersible. We also used acoustic tags to examine movement of sharks around the atoll and throughout the region.

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