These Are Some of the Most Pristine Waters on Earth

by Owen James Burke

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Comprised of San Felix and San Ambrosio, the Desventuradas lie 570 miles off the coast of Chile. In February of 2013, National Geographic sent a team of scientists to take a dive and have a look, and what they found was a vivid display of ocean life so extraordinary that they made 280 dives, took over 12,000 photos, and shot more than 80 hours of video footage.

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Among their findings were 5 Juan Fernandez fur seals which were thought to be extinct 100 years ago, heaps of giant lobsters almost 15-pounds each, and at least 10 other species that appear to be entirely new to science.

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