I delivered an underwater speech to protect the oceans. Here's why

Danny Faure, the President of the Seychelles, climbed into the tight quarters of a Global Sub Dive submersible and delivered a speech urging greater worldwide effort to protect the oceans.
Danny Faure, the President of the Seychelles, climbed into the tight quarters of a Global Sub Dive submersible and delivered a speech urging greater worldwide effort to protect the oceans.PHOTO: YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND

Last Sunday, I climbed into the tight quarters of a Global Sub Dive submersible - essentially a clear bubble on a power platform - with sub pilot Randy Holt.

As an islander and as the President of the Republic of Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, I am well aware of the ocean's natural beauty. But our descent to 124m was a revelation as we passed through an incredible underwater world rich with marine life. In just one area, I saw seven different species of coral and countless varieties of fish. We passed by a hammerhead shark, a tropical sunfish and a manta ray more than 1.8m wide.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'I delivered an underwater speech to protect the oceans. Here's why'. Print Edition | Subscribe