Google+ Hangout: Saving the Ocean’s Amazing Creatures

[Updated 2/28/2014] Thanks to all who joined us for this live Google+ Hangout with three great ocean explorers. Watch the full replay above and follow National Geographic on Google+ to be a part of future Hangouts!

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A mola-mola drifts through sunlit water during a Pristine Seas expedition to the Desventuradas Islands. (Photo by Alan Friedlander)

Our next Google+ Hangout brings together a cadre of ocean explorers helping to save the ocean’s amazing creatures.

Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is marine ecologist with a mission to preserve some of the last remaining stretches of pristine ocean. This ongoing program, called Pristine Seas, is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. So far, Enric and his team of filmmakers and scientists have successfully helped create protected reserves in the Northern Line Islands, around Cocos Island, and in Salas Y Gomez.

Also joining the Hangout will be Emerging Explorer Tierney Thys. Marine biologist and adventurer, she is perhaps best known for her work tracking massive 10-foot long, 5,000-pound ocean sunfish, or mola, around the globe. Not only is Tierney a champion for the ocean in the scientific world, but also in the world of theater and dance. Along with fellow ocean advocate, Sylvia Earle, the duo acted as lead science advisers for the performance Okeanos, a multidisciplinary portrait of ocean life through dance.

Last but not least, Young Explorer Erika Bergman shares the thrill of diving in a submersible with classrooms and onlookers all over the world. A submarine pilot and diesel engineer, Erika mounts external and internal cameras to her sub giving viewers a new vantage point as she pilots through the deep coral reefs of Curacao and Honduras. Through awareness and outreach, she hopes to inspire enthusiasm for ocean conservation using these exciting inner space vehicles. Erika’s work navigating the ocean is made possible through her close collaboration with OceanGate, Inc., a privately held company that provides subsea manned submersible for commercial, research and military expeditions.

How to Participate in the Hangout

You can be a part of our next Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by…

  • Uploading a video question to YouTube with hashtag #LetsExplore
  • Posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with hashtag #LetsExplore or
  • Commenting directly on this blog post

Follow National Geographic on Google+ or return to this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Friday, February 28th at  5:30 p.m. EST (10:30 p.m. UTC).

Other Hangouts From National Geographic:

Hangout With the Adventurers of the Year
Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker
Hangout With Explorers on All Seven Continents

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