On Saturday 8 June 2019, the World Oceans Day will take place, an international initiative aimed at celebrating and recognizing the fundamental role that the oceans play on our planet, encouraging their care and protection by all. (opening photo © Mark Fitz)
Oceans are one of the most important sources for the production of oxygen, as well as being essential for temperature regulation, thus allowing the existence of many species, including ours.
To celebrate their fundamental role and raise awareness of their conservation, many events will be held around the world tomorrow, for World Oceans Day. In particular, on the island of Tahiti, conferences, film screenings, and themed entertainment will take place on Saturday, while the exhibition dedicated to “Rahui et esprit du lagon” will be open from Friday 7 to Thursday 13 June.
The island will also host the first edition of the event “L’Effet Mer”, from 10 am to 6 pm, attracting residents and not at Point Venus. A meeting that will aim to raise awareness, through the intervention of specialized associations, on the current situation of ocean environments, proposing possible solutions to be implemented in the near future.
People will be taught how to create compost, how to grow corals, how to make works of art using plastic waste found on the beach, all accompanied by many ideas for entertainment ideal for families.
Emphasis will be on the relationship of Tahitians with the ocean, a presence that marks every moment of their lives, and with which they establish a relationship of reciprocity and respect. A fundamental aspect of Polynesian culture, from which we can all learn.
The crystal clear waters of the Tahitian islands are home to real treasures of marine flora and fauna, which attract enthusiasts from all over the world for diving and snorkeling excursions. Not to be missed is the experience of whale watching, ideally practiced in the months between July and November, when the humpback whales make their way through the mild waters of the Pacific Ocean before heading to the extreme south.
Races, dolphins, sharks, and turtles are the other stars of these waters, all of which have deeply influenced Polynesian culture and symbolic heritage. In fact, it is not difficult to find them in the form of tattoos, among the favorites of the local populations, symbols of protection, good wishes and a deep bond with nature.
Diving and snorkeling sessions, but also excursions with a water telescope, diving with a helmet and with an underwater scooter: these and other are the ways to be exposed to the extraordinary fauna and flora of the islands of Tahiti.