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In 1938, when it was only known as a fossil, a coelacanth was discovered in South Africa in the nets of a fisherman. Since then, it has continued to fuel the fantasies of researchers. This elusive creature, which is said to have not evolved for 65 million years, does it hold the secret of the passage to the terrestrial walk? Will its study explain why, 360 million years ago, fish came out of the water to give birth to terrestrial vertebrates and therefore to man? In 2010, Laurent Ballesta, marine biologist and outstanding diver, made the first photographs of the coelacanth in its ecosystem. He then made contact with Gaël Clément, paleontologist at the Paris Natural History Museum. Three years later, divers and researchers put down their equipment at Sodwana base camp in South Africa. On the program of their Gombessa project, six weeks of extreme dives at more than one hundred meters deep, to try to film the coelacanth thanks to a two-headed camera called a giraffe, to take its DNA and to mark a subject with a beacon connected to a satellite ...
Mysteries of the Abyss
With his undeniable talent as a storyteller, his propensity to poeticize the underwater world and his football credentials - he quotes the Manchester United coach! -, Laurent Ballesta immerses us in a thrilling scientific and human adventure in the footsteps of a mythical animal. He tells the story of the expedition between frank camaraderie and professionalism foolproof, moments of exaltation and phases of discouragement - the coelacanths fled the area of research for more than a week due to the increase in temperature of waters, before reappearing on the last day. But above all, it takes us on dizzying dives - which require four to five hours of decompression in the oceanic desert - to conquer the beauties and mysteries of the abyss. As evidenced by the hypnotic images of the coelacanth evolving peacefully in its natural environment.
Wednesday 07.05 replay to 8h55