At the end of the last mission, CREW (Coral Reef Educator on the Water) member Jim Evans was able to visit the Sedna IV which was tied up right next to us in Papeete. This ship is the main platform for 1000 Days for the Planet which is a project highlighting biodiversity and conservation concerns around the world. With documentaries and educational programs, they hope to raise awareness about biodiversity issues around the world so that we can rethink our connection and respect to nature.
Where the Golden Shadow excels in meeting the needs of the scientists we have on board, the Sedna IV excels in character and charm. Not only is it outfitted to support the communication teams they have on board along with a few scientists, but the ship has history. While most of the ship is little more than 20 years old, the hull was originally built in 1957. The shared space was particularly nice with large wooden bench for the crew and staff to sit together for meals and a hammock on the aft deck of the ship for relaxing.
Marika and Daphné of 1000 Days for the Planet not only gave Jim a tour of the ship, but they explained to him a bit about their project. Jim was able to see a few of the videos the film crew produced to illustrate the first year’s encounters with scientists. 1000 Days for the Planet has many of their videos and blogs (in French) on their website. This was a great opportunity for Jim to see another side of scientific education and communication.
(Photos by 1-2 Brian Beck; photo 3 – Marika D’Eschambeault / Glacialis Productions)