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MUSE TV recently talked with the subject of the National Geographic Wild Documentary Pristine Seas, Enric Sala. Pristine Seas is set to air on February 22, 2021 at 7/8c.

Without water, life on Earth is impossible. It’s home to an incredible diversity of life and is critical to the health of our planet, giving us food, jobs and more than half the oxygen we breathe. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala has made it his mission to explore and protect some of the last wild places in the ocean. Over the last decade, he’s helped safeguard over 5 million square kilometers of the world’s seas, but the fight continues to grow more urgent every day. From the coral reefs of Palau to the icebergs of the Russian Arctic to the kelp forests of the Juan Fernandez Islands, the one-hour special, PRISTINE SEAS: THE POWER OF PROTECTION, follows Sala and his team of marine biologists, explorers and filmmakers as they travel the globe in a crucial race to save our oceans before it’s too late.

Enric Sala is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. He is featured in the upcoming Nat Geo WILD special PRISTINE SEAS, premiering on February 22.

Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life. He quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.8 million square kilometers.

Sala has earned numerous honors for his work, including the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award and 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Sala earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in ecology from Aix-Marseille University, France.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.