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Blacktip sharks school in Seychelles shallows. Photo by Joe Lepore

Blacktip sharks school in Seychelles shallows. Photo by Joe Lepore

Today, with a sense of urgency and some impressive partners, the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas project begins a bold new effort to save the last wild places in the oceans.

A School of Bumphead Parrotfish at Astrolabe Reef in New Caledonia. Photo by Enric Sala.

COCOS ISLAND - COSTA RICA Here, sharks and dolphins herd schooling prey into a whirling sphere near the surface called a bait ball. Fish caught in the vortex become quick meals for diving seabirds from above and charging predators from below.

COCOS ISLAND - COSTA RICA Here, sharks and dolphins herd schooling prey into a whirling sphere near the surface called a bait ball. Fish caught in the vortex become quick meals for diving seabirds from above and charging predators from below.

#Regram #RG @ngpristineseas: BEST OF 2015 | Photo by @manusanfelix_official | In anticipation of the exploration that lies ahead this year, we are revisiting our favorite Pristine Seas adventures of 2015. Our first expedition of the year took us to the remote southern atolls of the Seychelles, where we measured a fish biomass among the largest in the Indian Ocean. Here, a marble ray swims through a school of yellow snapper, sending them into a technicolor swirl. #pristineseas #conservation…

Situated just north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are a remote archipelago of 115 islands. Though the islands are known as a celebrity vacation destination, they hold natural treasures far greater in value. The outer Seychelles.

A lemonpeel angelfish (Centropyge flavissima), spotted at Henderson Island, is part of a unique marine ecosystem discovered by the National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition to the Pitcairn Islands. Photograph: courtesy of Enric Sala/NG/Pristine Seas

The week in wildlife – in pictures

A lemonpeel angelfish ( Centropyge flavissima) observed at Henderson Island, by the National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition to the Pitcairn Islands. Photograph: Enric Sala/National Geographic/Courtesy of Pristine Seas

Hammerhead Shark Schools of hammerheads stop by Cocos during their long migrations to visit the island's so-called "cleaning stations," where smaller fish consume parasites on the sharks' skin and in their gills and mouths.  Cocos Island Expedition Photos -- National Geographic

Hammerhead Shark Schools of hammerheads stop by Cocos during their long migrations to visit the island's so-called "cleaning stations," where smaller fish consume parasites on the sharks' skin and in their gills and mouths. Cocos Island Expedition Photos -- National Geographic

Jack Fish A pair of jack fish swims above a school at Cocos. Nutrient-rich waters from the deep Pacific rise along the island’s flanks, sustaining its diverse population of sea creatures.

Jack Fish A pair of jack fish swims above a school at Cocos. Nutrient-rich waters from the deep Pacific rise along the island’s flanks, sustaining its diverse population of sea creatures.

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