Gourmets in China pay crazy prices. One kilo of dried sea cucumber fetches up to 1-thousand US dollars. Breeders in Madagascar earn an extra income while at the same time protect the marine ecosystem.
Greenhouses are not the only place that cucumbers grow. The waters around Madagascar have proved fertile ground for the ocean variety.
Marine wildlife researchers have found a new species of shark in the waters off the coast of the central American state of Belize. The WWF says the revelation serves as a conservation message.
The collapse of fisheries, decline of coral reefs and drought are all hitting Madagascar hard. But fishermen are coping with scarce and stressed resources in the Indian Ocean by coming up with new alternatives.
Freezing temperatures, crushing pressure and total darkness make the deepest parts of the world's oceans inhospitable places to live. Still, they are not without — often weird — life.
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