In search of
the coral reefs
For 3 months, the Under The Pole expedition has been stationed in French Polynesia. Ghislain Bardout, Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout and the whole crew began an intense scientific program on mesophotic corals. In July, they received a 3 week training by Italian Aldo Ferrucci. With decades of filming experience and a significant number of expeditions under his belt, this rebreather diving instructor is one of the most eminent specialists in his field. With the trainer by their side, both on the ship and at 150 meters underwater, everyone familiarized themselves with the equipment chosen and learned how to anticipate risky situations and how to work intelligently as a team. The divers were starving after these hours of training. Fortunately, on board the WHY, the "medicook" (doctor/chef) won everyone over; even her tiramisu gained the Italian professor’s approval!<br />
Once fully trained, the crew began the planned program in August. The first sampling dives went far beyond everyone's hopes. Difficult to access and largely unexplored, the deep coral reefs revealed unexpected treasures. At more than 120 meters deep, previously unseen species appear in the open, along with humpback whales in the background. The scientists were overjoyed, as were the Azzaro USA team who came to spend a day on-board the WHY.<br />
Some unforgettable moments. And now onto the next!