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Prince Albert II’s expedition to the Philippines

Prince Albert II in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Philippines. Copyright Institut Océanographique In late June, Monaco welcomed high-profiled guests for an exclusive film premiere of the ‘Corail- Cœur de l’Ocean’ documentary at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco as Prince Albert II and the Honorary Consul of the Philippines to Monaco, Patricia Zobel de Ayala, introduced their journey to the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Philippines.

The 30-minute footage documented the prince’s expedition to the exceptional biodiversity of the largest water protected area in the Philippines in 2016. 

Spanning through nearly 920km2, Tubbataha National Park is preserved in the heart of the Sulu Sea whose spell-binding waterscapes are a reminder of the importance and fragility of the coral reefs. It is also one of the very few reserves for seabirds, sea turtles and sharks in the region and was thereby registered as the world heritage site by UNESCO. Its objective is to bequeath to future generations the authenticity of the site and preserve it from pollution, illegal fishing and threatening activities that could disturb the under water life. 

As part of his expedition, Prince Albert participated in the placement of satellite tracking devices on the backs of two marine turtles. The objective was to map out an itinerary of their swimming patterns and understand their behaviour to provide a better protection of the endangered species. 

Visitors to the museum are now also able to view the prince's adventure in the Tubattaha Reefs Natural Park through sequences of 360-degree images taken during the mission.

Following the viewing of the film, an exhibition of 21 breathtaking photographs captured by four photographers, including two from the National Geographic magazine, will enhance the visit until 31st August. 

‘Corail- Cœur de l’Ocean’ documentary will be made available to the public from 8th July.


Claire Davis