After rereading the Seychelles News Agency's article about 2015's first cabin cruise expedition to the outer islands, we recalled the omnivorous grouper's story.
“One of the most exciting aspects of an expedition cruise is the fact that natural events and sightings can help shape the journey. So it is expected that no two expeditions will be exactly alike, because weather, tides and chance encounters with nature will influence day-to-day activities.
The Aldabra lagoon is usually filled to the brim with fish, since the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) which manages Aldabra, has imposed a total ban on fishing near the atoll." Last year a giant brownish grouper - over two metres long - swallowed one of our clients’ underwater cameras.
The full article, written by John Lablache and Hajira Amla (A once-in-a-lifetime journey – cruise operator resumes trips to far-flung Aldabra Group, January 15, 2015) is available on the Seychelles News Agency's webpage.
The official launching of the 30-minutes long National Geographic film took place last Friday at the STC Conference Room.
In September 2014, Bill Clinton, former president of the USA announced, that Seychelles will be one of the destinations of the NatGeo's Pristine Seas project.
Only 6 months later, the team of 10, including 4 scientists, arrived to Seychelles to conduct the program: an interesting amalgam of scientific research, popularly presented by the efficient media tools of National Geographic. The result is a viewer-friendly film for any audience, with footage made with deep-cameras, drop-cameras, pelagic cameras and our mini-helicopters for aerial photography. The project's not-hidden aim is to influence decision-makers to protect certain regions of the sea.
BBC journalist Paul Rose, the expedition's leader knows the islands profoundly, having been worked for many years on a marine science project in Seychelles.
He told in the NSA interview that the coral bleaching events of 1998 really damaged the marine ecosystem, but it is slowly recovering, which shows the health of the Seychelles waters. He also added "… you never see this color of water anywhere else in the world" and during one of the dives, a chief scientist just stopped his work – while recording fish – just to enjoy the dive, rating it as one of his top ten dives in the world.
Hajira Amla's article, the "National Geographic expedition leader rates Seychelles ocean, coral health among best in the world" (March 21, 2015) is available on the Seychelles News Agency's webpage.
More information and video about the National Geographic expedition is available here.
We are all impatiently waiting for the 3D film ‘Aldabra: Once upon an Island’. The Czeck premiere was held in Prague earlier this autumn (19th November), and thanks to the fame of the remote atolls - and to the promotion :), it was the third most watched film on its opening weekend. After the grand premiere in Seychelles, the movie will be widely distributed, and hopefully our interested guests will also have the opportunity to watch it.
The 73min long 'adventurous 3D' movie was produced by Starlite Pictures in collaboration with Disney, which explains why the plot of the tale-style family movie is about the community of animals, living in Aldabra. As the story goes on, and we get engrossed with the days & nights of Mamma Tori, Wise Elvi, Buster and the other protagonists, we also get a sneak peak in the life of this under and above water wonderland.
As an ending phrase, we can only add, what is regularly said: 'Discover Aldabra before it’s lost!’ - and also the neighboring atolls/coral island, which have risen from the sea, and will probably be washed away again.
More details on the film and the trailer can be found at www.aldabra3D.com
Some pictures from the filming (photos of Starlite Pictures)