Exploring the
Wonders of the
red sea

a decade expedition

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

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expedition trips with ROV
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expedition trips with Submersible submarines
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Square KM
Mapped of the seabed
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biodiversity samples
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samples of live coral
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sediment core samples from the deep-sea area
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bio samples for
eDNA testing
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square KM
aerial survey

EXPLORING UNCHARTERED WATERS

After a journey of extensive 3D mapping and exploration, experts from the Red Sea Decade Expedition made astounding discoveries that shed light on the wonders of the Red Sea. From blue holes to biodiverse habitats, the expedition uncovered remarkable findings that will shape our understanding of this unique ecosystem.

Dive In and Explore

Embark on an extraordinary journey through our meticulous aerial survey spanning 3,783 square kilometers, complemented by 44 manned submarine landings and 133 Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) dives. Our mission stands as a testament to the documentation of a breathtaking underwater realm. Delve into enthralling narratives showcasing pioneering explorations of the Red Sea’s hitherto uncharted territories. Immerse yourself in these episodes unveiling the wonders of our underwater discoveries.

-DISCOVERIES

Beyond the Surface

From vibrant coral reefs to elusive marine life, discover the wonders of this unique ecosystem.

-DISCOVERIES

VIBRANT CORALS

Under emerald waves, sunlight shapes a vibrant underwater city, revealing marine biodiversity insights.

-DISCOVERIES

MAMMALS

Discover eight new species and over 600km² of biodiverse habitats.

-DISCOVERIES

BRINE POOLS

Red Sea’s hidden gem: life thrives in hypersaline silence. Dive into the brine pool’s alien beauty.

-DISCOVERIES

SHARKS OF THE RED SEA

Red Sea, where scales meet: tracking giants, mapping migrations. Dive into the cutting edge, and rewrite the shark narrative.

-DISCOVERIES

BLUE HOLES

Discovered blue holes for the first time in the Red Sea

Experience the science of exploration

Uncover the mysteries of the Red Sea: From vibrant coral reefs to elusive marine life, discover the wonders of this unique ecosystem.

Red Sea
Aquatic Region

Blue Holes

BLUE HOLES

Over 20 blue holes were discovered along the southern Saudi coasts of the Red Sea. These awe-inspiring geological formations boast an exceptional biodiversity, serving as a sanctuary for marine creatures including sea turtles, fish, marine mammals, and invertebrates. The discovery of these blue holes presents an unprecedented opportunity to unlock the secrets and ecological significance of this untapped underwater world.

MEGAFAUNA

MEGAFAUNA

Numerous sightings of megafauna across the Red Sea were recorded, including various species of sharks, manta rays, and turtles. The decade-long expedition culminated in the groundbreaking documentation of the first-ever bryde's whale calf recorded in the Red Sea.

CORAL REEFS

CORAL REEFS

The expedition surveyed the Kingdom’s coral reefs, discovering several excellent dive sites. Some diving surveys revealed extensive coral reef systems throughout the Red Sea. The team witnessed healthy diversity and even discovered several new species. Unfortunately, there was also evidence of coral bleaching, due to global warming – reinforcing NCW's mission to protect the oceans.

Stay tuned for more updates and discoveries from the Red Sea Decade Expedition.
Join us in our mission to preserve the treasures of the deep.

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