STAFF REPORTER

PALMA

THE film Prince Albert of Monaco was participating in on Thursday in the Cabrera National Parc is a unique expedition from Marseille, aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau's legendary research vessel Alcyone exploring the Mediterranean now - and in the past.

The expedition forms part of National Geographic Fellow Dr. Enric Sala's research to establish baselines of ocean health. Working with Pierre-Yves Cousteau, Jacques' youngest son, the voyage will use historical footage from Cousteau's work from the 1940s as well as new footage to capture a unique snapshot: the Mediterranean then and now.

The expedition set sail from Marseille at the beginning of this month and has explored the Scandola Nature Reserve in Corsica, the Medes Islands in Spain and this week finished in the Cabrera National Park.

The expedition, which will be part of a National Geographic Channel documentary, aims to assess current science about the health of the Mediterranean, including abundance of large fish and precious red coral, which have been exploited for millennia. Sala and Cousteau will report findings to national and community leaders as well as online via National Geographic and The Cousteau Society throughout 2010.

The expedition is supported by International Watch Company, the Waitt Family Foundation, Veolia Environment and the National Geographic Society.
During the expedition, the team have posted some findings, images and video on ocean.nationalgeographic.com.

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