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June 2019

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Underwater View of the Coral World - Testimony of A Tropical Ocean Forest Maker

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Clean sea water is the basic condition for coral growth. / Huai Hsu
Clean sea water is the basic condition for coral growth. / Huai Hsu

 

Article / Wei-Hung Chen
Photo / Huei-Ting Lin (Assistant Professor,
Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University)
Hsu Huai (Co-founder of Islander Divers)
Yan-Hsun Hwang (SubArt Space Dive Hostel)
Kenting National Park Headquarters

Encounter or Companion
Meeting Him ashore,
where the ocean stretches broad and vast,
where the sea shines deep and blue.
Like a palette with hues of blue,
reconciling navy, aquamarine and turquoise.
Slipping alongside with Him,
upon sculptures large and small,
boldly colored works of art.
Like setting afoot an art gallery awash in blue,
displaying bewitching colors so strange,
capricious, fascinating and riotous.

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The ocean is a fascinating environment and space because it is impossible to fully comprehend its vastness, depth and changes. Such unknown evokes curiosity and its constant explorations. The question “What is an ocean?” would plunge one deeply into a whirlpool of words, leaving him wordless and stuck for a long time. The ocean is difficult to describe, and difficult to define. Simply, He is a space of water between lands. Yet without the rocks, sand, waves, tide and creatures within, is He still an ocean? Or would He merely be a stretch of salt water?

Cauliflower corals on the seagrass bed are a major feature in the Dongsha atoll lagoon. / Yan-Hsun Hwang
Cauliflower corals on the seagrass bed are a major feature
in the Dongsha atoll lagoon. / Yan-Hsun Hwang
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