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  • This is why we are so excited

    by Enric Sala

    We have been at sea for almost two days, sailing on a straight line to the Desventuradas Islands. Yesterday we saw two whales, dolphins, storm petrels, petrels, and a masked booby, which pooped in mid air and hit me and my camera. Read more.


  • First Humans to Dive San Ambrosio?

    by Enric Sala

    Unable to find any underwater photos from these islands, Enric Sala and team describe what may be the first time humans have ever swum beneath these waves. Read more.


  • Bizarre and Wonderful Sub Dive

    by Enric Sala

    From our little refuge on the northern side of San Ambrosio Island we deployed the little yellow DeepSee to conduct the first submersible dive ever at San Ambrosio. This expedition is full of ‘firsts,’ and they are all exciting. Read more.


  • Valentine’s Day at the Unfortunate Islands

    by Alan Friedlander

    Today was a special day as we were “fortunate” enough to see a rare and spectacular open water fish – the ocean sunfish or mola mola. This strange looking creature is one of the most advanced of all the fishes. Read more.


  • The Thrill of the Dive

    by Alex Muñoz

    After two and a half days of journey we arrived in San Ambrosio Island on a Sunday. The water is deep blue, similar to Juan Fernández. The island is a mountain with steep cliffs with no visible place from where to climb to the top. Read more.


  • Fish Bigger Than We Are

    by Jenn Caselle

    Despite enduring rough conditions at the farthest western tip of Isla San Ambrosio, we decided it wasn’t going to get much better any time soon so we prepared our equipment and our science gear with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Read more.


  • New Species and the Best Dive Yet

    by Alex Muñoz

    After more than a week of expedition, this place continues to surprise us. Yosy discovered a coordinate on the map close to San Félix that corresponds to a seamount whose peak is only 10 meters deep - the perfect place for our divers to explore. Read more.


  • The Cutest Predator

    by Enric Sala

    The top predator at the Desventuradas is not the typical reef shark, or a grouper with a huge mouth able to swallow a diver. It is not a fearsome animal that kills at night either. The largest predator here is the Juan Fernández sea lion. Read more.


  • The Sea Urchin and the Plastic Razor

    by Enric Sala

    Sea urchins with short spines try the old trick of camouflage. Even in some of the most remote waters on Earth, human trash can be a surprisingly effective camouflage. They typically put little rocks or pieces of algae on top of their bodies. Read more.


  • A Surprise Stowaway

    by Enric Sala

    Nature always have ways to surprise us. We were filming juvenile Juan Fernández lobsters (Jasus frontalis) – just three inches long – in their natural habitat, under the canopy of Eisenia kelps at San Ambrosio Island. Read more.


  • Where Giant Lobsters Roam

    by Enric Sala

    These photos show a lobster we filmed and measured. Yours truly is behind it in one of the photos. It was 54 cm (21 inches) from head to tail, without the spines, and almost 7 kg (15 pounds). These are the largest lobsters I’ve seen in my life. Read more.


  • The Importance of Being Here

    by Alex Muñoz

    Vice President of Oceana, South America Alex Muñoz Wilson weighs in on the incredible work being done at Desventuradas and the effect it will likely have on the future of conservation in Chile. Read more.


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