LET YOURSELF BE AMAZED...
TO BETTER PRESERVE!
July 16, 2020
From the polar regions to the tropics, the Under The Pole team has been <strong>exploring the underwater depths</strong> for <strong>over 10 years</strong> to contemplate, understand and preserve the oceans.<br />
For a long time Ghislain Bardout believed he had been born too late, that the biggest discoveries about oceans had already been made. “Throughout my childhood, I dreamed of exploration and unknown lands... Today, new diving technologies open the doors to a previously inaccessible world!”, says the founder of Under the Pole. <br />
More than anyone, Ghislain and the members of the team know that their mission goes even further than the pleasure of discovering wonderful landscapes never before visited by man. Studying and documenting these depths down to the most remote areas of our planet is of major scientific and ecological interest. Most importantly, by observing underwater ecosystems and improving our understanding of how the oceans function, we also provide ourselves with the means to preserve them. <br />
It is with this objective in mind that <strong>since 2008, Under The Pole combines innovation, scientific research, education</strong> of the youth and awareness among the general public. <strong>World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020</strong> gave Under The Pole the opportunity to <strong>unveil a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAB3V29NVAI" target="_blank">film</a> </strong>that tells the story of the splendor and fragility of the depths, and that explains its commitment over the past 12 years and three missions, each more ambitious than the last.<br />
In 2010 in the North Pole, the team Under the Pole I (Deepsea) dived 52 times in 45 days to explore the world beneath the ice sheet. Under The Pole II (Discovery Greenland) brought together 55 crew members for 21 months between 2014 and 2015, for a study of the underwater world between the North Pole and the Arctic Circle. And team <strong>Under The Pole III</strong> (Twilight Zone) has been <strong>travelling the world since 2017, from the Arctic to the Antarctic</strong>, via the Pacific and the Atlantic. A journey that will continue until 2021...<br />
More than ever, the teams are looking forward. The United Nations has decided to make the coming decade (2021-2030) the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and recently gave an award to Franck Gazzola, photographer and member of the Under The Pole team. In fact, he himself won 2nd and 3rd prize of the international World Ocean Day Photo Competition 2020, for two exceptional photos taken as part of the Capsule program. <br />
That’s what perfectly sums up Under The Pole: combining aesthetic wonder and ecological commitment!