Three and a half months after entering the Pacific, TARA has just finished an unrivalled expedition in the Tuamotu Archipelago, east of Tahiti. The scientific crews continue their work of taking coral and fish samples from the reefs. From counting operations, transects and operating the HyperDiver, an underwater scanner prototype, the ship deployed several devices under the watchful eye of Serge Planes, the scientific director of the expedition and researcher at the CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research). After numerous dives, the researchers’ findings were clear: the Polynesians reefs, which until now were thought to have been spared from the effects of climate change, have in fact suffered multiple deep disruption.
Pierre de Parscau © Tara Expéditions Foundation