Polynesian waters are home to more than 1,000 species of fish, whose diversity of colors is matched only by the variety of their sizes and shapes. The smallest ones, often very colorful, are fond of the coral gardens and the shallow depths of the lagoons of the Tuamotu, Society or Austral archipelagos, while the more imposing species prefer the hectic life of the reef passes, and the deep ocean.|
Thanks to its exceptional biodiversity, the Polynesian sea floors is considered by scientists as "the richest aquarium on the planet". Since 2002, the whole region has been classified as an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a real sanctuary where, among other things, it is prohibited to fish with driftnets, which is worth to French Polynesia the highest distinction awarded by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund).
As we can see from these magnificent images of the photographer Christian Coulombe, twirling with the rays, marveling at the clouds of fish with delicate silhouettes and motley patterns, it is still possible in our immense aquarium of 4 million km2, resources are no less immense and which it is incumbent upon us to preserve. Indeed, the human being can cohabit with this abundant fauna and this submarine flora, as long as it respects it and that it makes respect for the greater good of the future generations.
Without masks, snorkels and flippers, the Polynesian Post invites you to make a discreet visit to this underwater magic by simply immersing yourself in the stamps, 1st day cover envelopes, or the mini-sheet of this issue
dedicated to the sea floors of French Polynesia.