The Malpelo Foundation was set up in 1999 by the Franco-Colombian biologist Sandra Bessudo, with the goal of promoting the protection of Colombia’s marine and coastal ecosystems, along with the sustainable utilisation of natural resources.

It carries out scientific research, education and conservation actions, particularly in the Malpelo Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Colombia.

It is thanks to the efforts of the Malpelo Foundation that the Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary was listed as a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006.



Malpelo’s unique ecosystem inspired the Big Aquarium of the new Journey on the High Seas exhibition at NAUSICAÁ, whose sponsor is Sandra Bessudo.

NAUSICAÁ takes part in the research and preservation initiatives around the hammerhead sharks conducted by the Malpelo Foundation by providing its financial backing and the skills of its teamsNAUSICAÁ and its Endowment Fund are also committed to raising funds to support these initiatives, and enhancing them to inform and raise the awareness of as many people as possible regarding the preservation of hammerhead sharks.

You too can take part in the study and preservation of hammerhead sharks by making a donation dedicated to this initiative!




Did you know?

The hammerhead shark is one of the many species of sharks that contribute to the wealth of Malpelo’s biodiversity. This is an endangered species but it is nevertheless caught illegally for its fins, as well as being caught accidentally.

With its scientific expeditions, the Malpelo Foundation wants to better understand this species’ migrations and behaviour, to better preserve and heighten everyone’s awareness regarding it.


Malpelo Island, off the coast of Colombia, is home to a vast marine sanctuary, populated by an incredible variety of species. Sharks, rays, groupersthe list of marine animals that frequent the waters of this Marine Protected Area is long!

For scientists, many discoveries are still to be made by studying these animals, present around Malpelo as well as other Pacific islands such as the Galapagos and Cocos Island. This work is carried out in a network called MIGRAMAR put in place with a number of other organisations.