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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Enriching The Soul In The Open Sea

Courtesy of México Pelágico.

México Pelágico, a Mexican documentary film on shark conservation and a 260-page Spanish-language hardback book with the same title, opens with the words 'enriqueciendo el alma en el mar abierto' (enriching the soul in the open sea).

"Flipping through the pages of the book with its hundreds of beautiful photographs reminds me that swimming in the ocean is truly enriching the soul," said Steven Munatones of the book published by Pelagic Life. "The productions of Pelagic Life in film and hardback books are always captivating. Put it in your home or office and swimmers will inevitably pick up the book and start reading."

Israeli photographer and adventurer Amos Nachoum wrote the foreword to the book. "The manifesto of images and words you are holding in your hands is precious as it is a testimony of time changing. Our awareness of the importance of the ocean and its habitats in our life now and for future generations is rising.

Our planet is currently going through a rapid process of change. Every corner of the world is going through its own set of changes, and so is Mexico.

Mexico is home to the 15th longest coastlines in the world. In total, Mexico has 11,122 km of coastline, of which 7,828 km face the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California, and the remaining 3,294 km form the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. With such expansive exposure to the oceans, Mexico also bears the responsibility of protecting the natural treasures and wildlife living along its coastline.

For generations, societies all over the world have used the ocean and exploited it without knowing the ramifications. We often fear the ocean, its stormy behavior and its strange wildlife. Our lack of accurate knowledge about its true nature has led us to continually use the sea as a garbage dump, a place to hide all that we no longer want to see. Even though the vast majority of humans has never stepped into ocean, we have still managed to deplete our marine resources to the brink of extinction in many cases. But it is not too late to understand our effect on the sea and possibly reverse the damage already done. There is still hope, and it comes from his wonderful publication by a young team of artists.

This book highlights and brings to life the treasures that still remain along the vast coast of Mexico. The power of this publication is in the rich collection of images and the extraordinary determination that was required to get to this point. The encouraging message is not only in the fresh story of life under the surface, but in the inspiring leadership exhibited by this team's creation.

It is wonderful and admirable to see the younger generation pulling itself together in favor of conservation and education rather than the pursuit of a life of material wealth. They have invested time, effort and resources into correcting the ignorance and wrong doing of older generations by dispelling myths about undersea wildlife, enriching our knowledge about fragile ecosystems, and showing us the beauty and wonder of the diverse variety of life found just under the waves of Mexico's long coastline

For more information, visit here.

One of the associates of Pelagic Life is Rene Martínez Saenz who completed a relay and solo crossing (in 14 hours 26 minutes) of the Catalina Channel last year.

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