36° 46.014 N - 24° 36.660 E
July 24th, 15:00 local time
”Just few words aboard Mediterranea, lots of tears of emotion, silence. It swam with us and we did with it. An hour long. Then it swam quickly to the bottom of the sea. As if to take leave of us and we let it go. We are grateful for the pure joy it gave us. It did not flee. It stayed with us. An hour long. Up, down, up, down, with us. An hour long. It measured around 80 cm long and 40 cm wide. Light, calm, placid but quick when necessary. In the morning we had left Karavostasis bay in Folegandros heading for Milos, when we decided to pass the night in Monolysis. The place is beautiful, crystal-clear water, a first layer of white rock and a second one of dark volcanic rock originated by later eruptions. Kimolos and Milos islands just before us. All of a sudden two Greek men on a tiny motorboat shouted “Caretta caretta…camera camera”. We took the underwater camera and the boat’s tender, as fast as possible, we dived, the tender floating off (it’s all right, intact) for a good reason. We saw it, we got closer, someone with mask and flippers, and the dance began. That evening on board we celebrated.”
The words are by Giuliana, the Rais in command of Mediterranea last July, describing the surprising encounter with a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).
After months sailing and carrying out scientific projects, Mediterranea is landing at Athens on August 30th. In Athens it will be moored for a month to get in touch with the Hellenic cultural community, that warmly welcomed the invitations sent over the last few months thanks also to the valuable cooperation of Professor Silvana Vassilli, cultural attaché of the Italian Embassy in Athens and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens.
Mediterranea does not sail for the sake of knowing the Mediterranean Sea, of experiencing the sea and carrying out scientific experiments. At least not only for that. The aim of the expedition is meeting the Mediterranean culture. Intellectuals, writers, artists to talk and dialogue with, to draw out a "Mediterranean thought" as a means to face present times and the serious decline of this area and of the whole world in the second decade of the third millennium.Add a comment Add a comment
Mediterranea Project: this Manifesto was released by the scientific, cultural, nautical expedition sailing across the Mediterranean on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the European Union.
The semester of the Italian Presidency of the European Union starts today and Simone Perotti, captain of the scientific, cultural and nautical expedition Mediterranea Project, presents the Mediterranean Manifesto, a range of proposals to think about, ponder, discuss and work.
"This is a great opportunity – Perotti says - It is an opportunity even for those who do not believe in politics and institutions any longer. But any step forward, any opportunity can turn out to be useful".
Some opportunities only come once, we shall size them.
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