Our journey began with a film project to visit environmentalists along the traditional trade routes. Starting from Germany, we traveled on several different boats to the south Caribbean. We created an award-winning film of the voyage. The protagonists were whales, seabirds, sea-turtles and their saviors - the naturalists who protect them. Our main objective is to tell their mutual stories. These stories together with pictures of beautiful landscapes and animals in their natural habitat shall remind the viewer of the beautiful yet fragile system we are living in.
What we saw on the first leg of our journey inspired us to widen our objective. In cooperation with the international non-governmental organization World Wide Fund for Nature, better known as WWF, as well as the German marine science institute GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, we will investigate plastic pollution in the world oceans. In addition, we will study the occurrence of certain marine species en route together with the German-based Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research.