Author(s): Laurent Ballesta (Photographer)
Follow the adventure...> What secrets is the Mediterranean Sea keeping from us?> What is its actual level of pollution?> Is it a dead or living sea? A sea that has been damaged or on the mend?> What treasures still await Man's discovery?> Because all these questions of current vital importance lie at the heart of environmental debates.> Because the Mediterranean Sea is more than just a large body of water, it's a small ocean with an oversized History.> Because the Gombessa V expedition is like none other, offering lots to be learned and filled with hope... Mediterranean Planet forms a sequel to Laurent Ballesta's latest works: Secrets d'Océans (Oceans' Secrets), Adélie Terre & Mer (Adélie Earth & Sea) and 700 requins dans la nuit (700 Sharks in the Dead of Night). It represents the accomplishment of his personal endeavors during the eponymous July 2019 expedition, while also providing closure to the more comprehensive effort underway in the Mediterranean. This publication is thus a compilation of the biologist-photographer's most spectacular shots from 2010 through the present day.Accompanied by minimal textual content, the photographs of rare creatures never before illustrated exhibiting unusual behavior tell the story with each page turned of natural history and lived history. From the extraordinary biodiversity of the coral reefs to the seascapes far beneath the surface, Laurent Ballesta has embarked on an excursion into these otherworldly ecosystems that actually exist on Earth and make up the Mediterranean Planet.This book also conforms with the longstanding tradition of works that pay tribute to the marine world by offering unique insights into an ecosystem that has not yet unveiled all its secrets. After several deep-sea diving expeditions spanning the globe under the "Gombessa" flag, the Gombessa V "Mediterranean Planet" campaign is Laurent's last at the helm. A world first, this expedition meant Laurent Ballesta and three other divers would cohabitate for 28 days inside a 5-m2 pressurized module designed for both saturation diving and deep sport diving, from Marseille to Bandol, Carqueiranne to Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime to Antibes, and finally from Antibes to Monaco.