Ilhas Selvagens (Savage Islands)

– Field expedition –

Video footage collected using drifting baited cameras (pelagic BRUVS) during the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas expedition to the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens), North Atlantic, in September 2015.

Situated approximately half-way between Madeira and the Canary Islands, the Savage Is. archipelago is Portugal’s southernmost territory, and remains little known despite its designation as a nature reserve in the 1970s.

The survey, conducted in partnership with the WAITT Foundation, aimed to conduct a quantitative assessment of shallow flora and fauna, pelagic communities, and deep-sea habitats using diver transects and state-of-the-art underwater video technology.

Copyright: Centre for Marine Futures, University of WA 2015.

Music: “Reawakening” Kevin MacLeod (
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