1 UNDER THE MARE NOSTRUM’S SUN
At the Mediterranean Sea there is a prodigious biological diversity, with a high degree of closely linked endemism. Unfortunately, in the early XXI century, many species are in a state of great imbalance due to incessant human pressure, pollution and overfishing.
But this young sea – in geologic terms – is surprisingly fertile, functioning as a global organism made up of millions of living beings closely linked to one another.
After thousands of years supplying enormous resources to Empires that have ruled its coasts at its expense, we now better understand the biological function of this small ocean. But we continue on without valuing the importance of its incredible biodiversity, without which, the sea wouldn’t be more than water and salt.
2 MARE NOSTRUM, AFTER DARK
Although we know the basics of more than the 15.000 animal species that live in the Mediterranean Sea, we ignore the natural behaviour of the most common ones, because many of them begin their activity after dark.
In the Mediterranean Sea the different lunar phases do not affect seriously to tides, but they seriously do to the behaviour of many animals.
Protected by the dark mantle of the night, infinite number of species activate at night in search of food, without being eaten. Many have developed skills and extraordinary sensory organs to survive until the next dawn. Others, covered by the night, find a mate to reproduce in the mild waters of the Mare Nostrum.