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  • Pearls of the Gulf © Francis Le Guen / OCEAN71 Magazine

    The pearl treasure of the Gulf

    Culture, Economy4 chapters

    Before the black gold made some families of the Arabian peninsula immensely wealthy, nomades settled down along the southern side of the Persian Gulf and risked their lives by fishing the earliest source of wealth in the region : pearls. Today, the practice has disappeared, but the Emirates still possess one of the most fabulous pearl’s treasure in the world. Here is an investigation on a well kept secret.

  • The American Samoa enigma

    Ecology4 chapters

    It is now a known fact that corals are threatened by global warming. Some scientists are even predicting the end of coral life by 2050. Meanwhile, there is still a mystery to solve : how some corals in American Samoa have resisted centuries of climate change to become giants and how others are thriving in waters so warm that it is considered deadly ?

  • 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.