WHO WE ARE
Explore the unknown
Founded in 2018, UNSEEN is focusing its work on the tropical seas, notably of Southeast Asia. Thanks to the incredible support of our donors and scientific & technical partners, we have been teaming up with local and international scientists & experts to explore, study and document deep-reef ecosystems and advocate for their protection.
We are a multicultural group of marine scientists, technical divers & nature enthusiasts, all passionate about at least three things: the Oceans, their conservation, and exploration.
We believe that having a better knowledge and understanding of our environment is crucial for better preservation of the natural world. Despite covering over 70% of our Blue Planet, most oceans are poorly-explored, especially the deeper part of the reefs, lying beneath 30 meters. Thirty metres is a depth limit for most scuba divers worldwide, leaving vast underwater habitats almost entirely unknown.
REACHING THE UNREACHABLE
Our objective with UNSEEN is to unlock access to these deep-reef habitats using technical diving, specifically Closed Circuit Rebreathers. We can explore and bring new light on those poorly-studied yet crucial ecosystems, at depths of 40 to 100+ meters. Diving that deep is a challenging task, where training, experience and collaboration are essential. This is why UNSEEN collaborates with any research institution, organisation, company, or individual with the same values and passion for developing and accomplishing exciting pioneering projects.
REVEALING THE UNSEEN SIDE OF NATURE
We are convinced that improving our knowledge about this “Twilight Zone” is decisive in the current context of global changes and increasing human pressure, notably in shallow waters. As deep divers, we are the privileged witnesses of thriving life in an underwater world more extreme and unknown to most people. We hope sharing our experience and information from our expeditions can help develop new and more efficient conservation plans.
Raising AWARENESs is key
Wider diffusion of scientific knowledge and environmental education can lead to significant changes in human behaviour. People who can see natural wonders are more likely to feel connected to and protect them. Images are a powerful tool to tell a story and educate. And education is decisive for conservation. This is why, alongside our scientific exploration projects, we use photos and videos from our deep dives to raise public awareness of our Oceans' state and fate and to initiate sustainable changes in our daily behaviours.
Founded in 2018 by Alexis Chappuis, a French marine biologist and National Geographic Explorer, the journey of UNSEEN began by exploring the deep reefs of Indonesia in close collaboration with local universities and research institutions, under dedicated research permits. Since its inception, UNSEEN has been working together with Tekdeep Asia, a technical diving centre based in Bali. As an early collaborator, Tekdeep Asia has supervised all our challenging expeditions’ safety aspects and deep-diving operations.
With the continuous support of our leading partner Blancpain, UNSEEN has now grown to develop more collaborations with local and international institutions and welcomes people who share the same passion: exploration and protection of our Oceans.