Valparaiso, CHILEFor those of us who haven't had the pleasure of meeting the odd characters in Chile's newest marine protected area—the Nazca-Desventuradas National Park—here's your chance.
The new park, announced Monday at the Our Oceans conference in Valparaiso, Chile, is a unique melting pot of communities that's already yielded a couple of surprises: Two new fish species. (Read about the largest marine reserve in the Americas.)
Finding new species is "what we live for as scientists," says Alan Friedlander, chief scientist for National Geographic Society's Pristine Seas Project. The project partnered with Oceana, a marine-conservation nonprofit, to promote designation of the new MPA. "You have to be down there with a watchful eye, because even places you think you