of the eightyseventh day on board
28th July, 1999
you again on the 31 August.
Mission Sharks has turned around the buoy with the end of this
second phase of the expedition. Here are a few of my reflections:
• It is
possible to look for, find and film sharks in the Mediterranean.
The mission to encounter living sharks in the water and without
capturing them has been achieved.
• The weather dictates to a great extent the number and success
of the any encounter with a shark. We didn't have much luck.
Of the 3 months of the expedition, around 2 months were spent
in port, stopped by bad weather. In the 2 weeks of calm sea,
we were able to film interesting stories and situations and
not just about sharks; also sea mammals, turtles and tuna.
• The Media demonstrated a big interest in Mission Sharks. Whole
pages were dedicated to us in the most important national dailies
and on the main weekly magazines. Also television with TG1,
TG2 and TG3 followed the expedition.
• The collaboration with the various Port Authorities – Coast
Guard - has been invaluable for the whole trip. Also the technological
contribution by Telecom – the Maritime radio service - has allowed
the transmission of images and data via satellite, allowing
us to make 4 short items for the programme 'Quark' on RAI UNO.
Mission Sharks will now have a breather for a few days before
setting off again on the 20th August again from Lampedusa. The
technology will be new, untested, but will allow me a greater
mobility in the sea, even if I'll have a few more nerves. In
the next instalment I will be lavished with information but
for now I would like to thank the General Commander of the Port
Captains and Telecom for the help they are continuing to offer
I am very positive. I hope the sea will be calm and … I can't
wait to start again.
on board Journal will continue with additions every 10 days.
The first will be the 31st August. Buon Ferragosto and arrivederci.