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  • Clumsy on land, these marine turtles are disconcertingly agile once in the sea. They use their front legs for drive and their back legs for manoeuvrability © Philippe Henry / OCEAN71 Magazine

    The clinic of hope on Lampedusa

    Ecology4 chapters

    The small Mediterranean island is known for receiving the boats of the migrants who risk their lives in order to escape Africa for Europe. But this isolated piece of land holds a secret: a clinic that shelters, heals and performs surgery on tens of injured marine turtles each year. What seems as a drop of water in the ocean is actually a necessity for the survival of the Mediterranean.

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    Hell in the Chagos heaven

    Ecology, Economy, Geopolitics5 chapters

    The Chagos archipelago. A name that sounds like the perfect place to spend the holidays. However, aside from the US army and a couple of privileged ones, the area is strictly forbidden. In one of the world well kept secrets, Great-Britain and the United States have conducted a large scale state scandal : 40 years ago, a small population of 2’000 people were simply forced to exile from their native land. To this day, they are still forbidden to return.

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    The Sargasso Conquest

    Ecology5 chapters

    What on earth is this strange sea, that doesn’t have a shoreline, and has intrigued most navigators that have sailed through its waters? Christopher Columbus was the first to cross it on his way to America. The Sargasso Sea, that stretches in the North Atlantic, is a calm, windless and waveless zone, often hard to get through. Its name comes from the floating seaweed that covers the water like a carpet. OCEAN71 takes you on a journey to discover this strange surface that has been puzzling many people through the centuries.