New Pristine Seas Expedition in Search of Seychelles’ Hidden Wonders
The Pristine Seas team has traveled to a dozen of the most untouched parts of the ocean, studying marine life and producing films that share our discoveries with the world. Along the way, the leaders of five of these sites have gone on to declare large no-take marine protected areas that ensure these places will retain their historic character and diversity and serve as safe havens where marine life of all kinds can be free from human interference and exploitation.
For our latest expedition, we’re in the Seychelles, an archipelago just north of Madagascar, where a new debt-swap deal has given the government an opportunity to protect their unique marine assets and possibly create the Indian Ocean’s second largest marine reserve.
While our main focus is the life underwater, we’re still always connected to the people who live in these places above the waves. Our first experience here made that connection as clear as ever.
A Truly Perfect Moment
Dragging a traditional Seychellois pirogue fishing boat heavily loaded with a seine, or large net, across the beach to the water’s edge is hard manual labor. You know the feeling when seeing people working so hard—our natural instinct is to help. But the fishermen on this beach have done it thousands of times, so I stayed out of the way.