Hey! Alvania here. So, day 7 was the second day for 9 of the ambassadors’ two day blue economy training. On the first day we had seen the negative part of the underwater Mauritius. However on the second day we saw and experienced the beautiful part of Mauritius.
We jumped off of the boat on the south western part of Mauritius, into 10-15 meters of dark blue ocean. At first it was scary to be honest, as although we had all snorkeled in Seychelles waters before, we had no idea what was present in that of Mauritius. However, after a few seconds, we felt comfortable, as if in Seychelles waters. After a few minutes of observing the underwater life, the instructor (Vassen Kauppaymuthoo) would call us up above water and explain how the different parts help the economy of Mauritius but also why the reef doesn’t look as healthy as Seychelles’.
The corals of Mauritius aren’t as colorful as Seychelles’. The corals that are alive are mostly brown with a few rare red or blue ones. He explained that this is a natural occurrence and that depending on the different country’s sea, the colour of corals varies. He also said that apparently the Red sea has one of the most colorful reefs in the world.
After snorkeling in another area, learning and retaining more about the blue economy, we docked near what resembled one of Aldabra’s ‘champignon’ and were told to walk there. We were all surprised as the water didn’t look ‘walk-able’. It was only after jumping in that we realised that the water was only chin-high.
We stood closer to the champignon than the boat. Well most of us did. I, was on Marianna Naya’s (another amazing ambassador) back as I was afraid of the many razor clams that were quite abundant in the area. Then he began to ask us examinable questions orally about what we had learned along the course of the two days.
At the end of the ‘exam’, he promptly stated that he had taught people of many nationalities including French, but we (Seychellois) have been by far his best and well informed class ever. This for me was a very emotional moment as I felt as if we were representing the whole of Seychelles and right then and there I could see a sustainable, healthy, eco-friendly world and in the heat of the moment the clear future came rolling down my cheeks.