Gwennaïs Fustemberg, Marine biologist involved in the Madcaps project on micro-plastics, describes her daily world on board. A story inhabited by a red giant and a manta net…
The red giant
On a quay I know well, a red giant, making every other boat, every machine, every tiny person has just arrived. On board, silhouettes go up and down the stairs in all directions like a ballet dancing to the rhythm of the engine noise. I boarded the boat and set off for a month and a half to cross the Indian Ocean to discover its riches, its hidden lands, but also the footprints left by man. Weeks studying the surface of our oceans to understand how it transports our plastics to the four corners of the world.
The manta net, with its mouth open and its two wings helping it to surf the waves, sucks in microplastics that used to be bottles, corks or fishing tackle… Could these small plastics, which are not necessarily good news for marine life, also be carriers of coral pathogens? This is the question that we will try to answer on board this giant of the seas.
Marine biologist, Gwennaïs Fustemberg is a member of the BestRun association. MADCAPS project (Microplastics AnD Corals Pathogens)