Live Interview From Pitcairn With Enric Sala

Live Interview From Pitcairn With Enric Sala

Explorer in Residence Enric Sala checks in from the field.

Grades

6 - 12+

Subjects

Biology, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

Program
NG Live

This video was recorded on March 28, 2012 as part of the Pristine Seas expedition to Pitcairn, a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Explorer in Residence and expedition leader Dr. Enric Sala answered questions submitted by listeners via social media. The conversation was facilitated by National Geographic's Andrew Howley.


Introduction

Calling from a remote Pacific island, Explorer in Residence Enric Sala gives an update on the Pitcairn expedition and answers questions from around the world. Enric is on a mission at the site of the infamous H.M.S. Bounty mutiny to help save one of the last pristine stretches of water left on Earth. Dr. Enric Sala is a marine ecologist who fell in love with the sea growing up on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Witnessing the harm people do to the ocean led him to dedicate his career to understanding and finding ways to mitigate human impacts on marine life.

Andrew Howley is a member of the National Geographic Mission Programs team, working to share the stories of National Geographic Explorers online. Andrew traveled with the Pitcairn expedition and reported from the field.


Outline

  • Introduction to Enric and the expedition (start-00:55 min.)

  • Enric talks about his dive that morning and answers the question, "Do coral reefs need sharks to survive?" (00:56-2:02 min.)

  • What has been the most exciting moment? The scariest? (2:03-2:58 min.)

  • Why did you choose to explore Pitcairn? (2:59-3:35 min.)

  • About Enric's work and the Pristine Seas expeditions (3:36-4:56 min.)

  • What steps can I take to do the things that you do, Enric? (4:57-5:58 min.)

  • The logistics of the dive: how deep are you diving? (5:59-6:49 min.)

  • What do you do to ensure that future generations will be able to see the beauty of the ocean? (6:50-7:29 min.)

  • What can we do in our day-to-day lives to help protect the ocean? (7:30-8:41 min.)

  • The people of Pitcairn: Are they receptive to the expedition? How do they interact with the ocean? (8:42-9:55 min.)

  • How are the four islands different from one another? (9:56- 11:09 min.)

  • What has been your favorite moment while diving so far? (11:10-12:22 min.)

  • What is it that you love about your work? Where does your daily motivation come from? (12:23-13:34 min.)

  • How do you go from being a university student to having your job? (13:35-16:07 min.)

  • Photo monitoring: What's your opinion? Can amateurs be helpful? (16:08-17:48 min.)

  • Do you travel far out into the ocean to dive or stay near the islands? If you do both, how are the environments different? (17:49-19:20 min.)

  • Have you discovered any new species? (19:21-19:57 min.)

  • How has your work affected external parties in protecting the ocean? (19:58-20:45 min.)

  • What are the pros and cons of privately versus publicly funded exploration? (20:46-22:43 min.)

  • Is the wreck of the Acadia, shipwrecked in 1881, still visible? (22:44-24:02 min.)

  • What is the community on Pitcairn like? (24:03-26:19 min.)

  • Have you seen any coral bleaching around these islands? (26:20-27:56 min.)

  • What effect will rising water levels have on underwater environments? (27:57-29:20 min.)

  • What is it like, day to day, on this expedition? (29:21-31:57 min.)

  • What is the single factor that is most negatively affecting pristine waters around the world? (31:58-33:00 min.)

  • What's left for the expedition? At the halfway point, what is there left to do? (33:01-35:00 min.)

  • What is your greatest fear while diving? (35:01-end)

 

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Last Updated

October 7, 2022

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