Since its discovery 178 years ago by Charles Darwin, this volcanic archipelago is a mecca for nature lovers with amazing biodiversity to be found both above and below the water.
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Working with fantastic local scientific institutions, the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Foundation we dived the same waters that Darwin sailed all those years ago.
The imagery is not only for the pleasure of armchair travellers, the data collected by the expedition will aid Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park Service to monitor underwater environments, especially reefs which were devastated by coral bleaching in 1982 and 1998 following El Nino events.
XL Catlin Seaview Survey
The Galapagos Islands, a United Nations World Heritage Site, is an area forever linked with global scientific importance and interest given its unique biodiversity and legacy of discovery.
It was an area of particular interest to study as the Galapagos is an area that is especially vulnerable to rising ocean temperatures and acidification due to the unique convergence of ocean currents that surround these islands.
Not too many people will ever have the chance to visit the Galapagos themselves, tourist numbers are tightly controlled and the area is already extremely remote. This is why the team were so excited to survey these waters with our SVII camera and share the visual data collected with the world to allow anyone to experience diving with Galapagos sharks, rays, turtles, seals and playful sea lions through our immersive “virtual dives”.