Crabby truths and myths


Summer has arrived in Europe, and during your vacations at the beach, your kids will probably chase crabs that will do their best to avoid being caught. A hilarious short film about “ugly square crabs in the murky waters” of the Gironde estuary, found by chance on the Internet, triggered our curiosity to learn more about these crustaceans that nobody seems to like. A story worth its weight in … shells and claws.

Living underwater, dream or reality ?

Culture, Ecology3 chapters

In the 60s, a group of pioneers demonstrated that it was possible to live below the surface of the water. What remains of this technology today? Not much. Nonetheless, the dream hasn’t faded away. Regularly, various projects of underwater restaurants, hotels and museums are presented with computer animations. But not a single one of them sees the light of day. We investigated to unravel the reality behind the dream.

Chañaral‘s agonising last breath

Ecology, Economy

For the past 80 years, a new kind of beach is appearing in the north-western part of Chile. The blinding white stretches of sand that are so picturesque to the tourists visiting one of Chilean’s biodiversity hotspot are the local community’s curse: they hold levels of heavy metal that threaten the entire region. Read how the copper industry is slowly and silently killing Chañaral.

The end of the Great Barrier Reef ?

Ecology, Economy3 chapters

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is known as one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Despite its size, its very existence is threatened by environmental, touristic, industrial and commercial aggressions. Will we allow its beauty to become a mere memory ? OCEAN71 Magazine investigates.