Pristine Seas (National Geographic)

17 February, 2016

I recently worked as a ‘correspondent’ for the Ecuadorian Government on a National Geographic ‘Prinstine Seas’ expedition to the Galapagos National Park. The mission of the expedition was to help protect the pristine marine ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. Dr. Enric Sala led this esteemed project to examine and document the biomass of this marine treasure in order to make a case for increasing the protection of the northern islands.

Over the three week expedition the team used scuba diving cameras, drop cameras, pelagic cams, drones and 360 degree cameras to document all information about the Galapagos Islands. With the help of the experienced Undersea Hunter team, our crew made dozens of deep water explorations to over 450 meters from the surface around Fernandina, Isabela, Wolf and Darwin Islands with a “Deep See” 360 degree imaging submersible.

For me it was a  great honor to work with Pristine Seas and help champion the protection of such an important marine park.  My dream is to use my experience and skills as an underwater cameraman to ignite a conversation about the future of our oceans, particularly the rich waters of my home country. I have been working in Ecuador with Marine Megafauna Foundation on the protection of manta rays.

Specifically I have used my media contacts to expose the work of Dr. Andrea Marshall, another National Geographic explorer, and her research team to gain more appreciation and understanding for manta rays in the country.

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Roberto Ochoa
Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Marine Wildlife videographer, has been documenting the beauty of our world’s oceans. His personal mission is to use his videos which are often highly emotional, evocative, and very beautiful, to ignite a conversation about the future of our planet’s natural wonders and to inspire action.

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