Words: Mike van Eck and Catherine Ritchie Images: Eye of the Pangolin Film, Johan Vermeulen, Supplied
The Mount Vema expedition documented and showcased the richness of biodiversity, along with the threats posed to it by human activity, which include over-fishing, plastic pollution and the climate crisis.
In October 2019, the ship Arctic Sunrise undertook an expedition to Mount Vema (a mountain below the surface of the Southeast Atlantic Ocean) to document and highlight the biodiverse sea life of the Seamount Protected Marine Area. The trip was a key leg of Greenpeace’s year-long Protect The Oceans campaign, which is an expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole. Mount Vema is home to a number of marine animals, including the rock lobster, which was all but wiped out last century due to unregulated fishing.