Pitcairn Islands Expedition Photos: South Pacific Textures

The Pristine Seas team explored the Pitcairn Islands throughout April, 2012, surveying and studying the rich diversity of underwater life in this extremely remote environment. Every day though, there were stunning sights and inspiring views to be found above the waves as well.

This gallery is a tribute to the often tiny, sometimes huge, worlds of interest that opened up every time something caught our eyes and we stopped to get closer and take a good long look.


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Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.