Mission Blue photos from the Galapagos

When National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle won last year’s TED Prize she could make a wish.

“I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! more! — to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet,” is what she said.

 

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Now Sylvia and other distinguished scientists and people concerned about the oceans are gathered on the National Geographic Endeavour, sailing through the Galapagos Islands.

When they ae not experiencing some amazing sites in the marine paradise, they are on board the Endeavour, discussing options and strategies to make Sylvia’s wish come true. The floating conference is called Mission Blue.

Enric Sala, National Geographic Fellow and marine ecologist, is blogging for Nat Geo News Watch from the Endeavour. Read his posts here.

 

The TED organization made these photos available today:

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Photo by TED/James Duncan Davidson

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Photo by TED/James Duncan Davidson

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Photo by TED/James Duncan Davidson

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Photo by TED/James Duncan Davidson

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Photo by TED/James Duncan Davidson

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