REQUIN MEGALODON _ 0551

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Megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene).
C. megalodon is regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history, and likely had a profound impact on the structure of marine communities. Fossil remains suggest that this giant shark reached a maximum length of 14–18 metres (46–59 ft), and also affirm that it had a cosmopolitan distribution. Scientists suggest that C. megalodon looked like a stockier version of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias.
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CORAL REEF FISH IN NEW CALEDONIA _ 0545

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New Caledonia’s marine waters harbour the second longest double barrier reef in the world, which reaches a length of 1,500 kilometers.
This barrier reef is of outstanding biogeographical interest and serves as a regional center of endemism in the south pacific.
Much of the enormous species diversity in New Caledonia is yet unclassified as new species of fish and invertebrates are being discovered regularly.
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MAILBOX _ 0526

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Many beautiful mailbox from New Caledonia  ❤ !

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SCENE NEW CALEDONIA _ 0431

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TRADITIONAL FEAST, NEW CALEDONIA _ 0430

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Pacific Islanders are renowned for their huge feasts, cannibalism and extremely large people. Dalo roots, cows, pigs and vegetable leaves are piled high over heat retaining black rocks and covered with banana leaves, old mats and finally a good layer of earth. The food cooks slowly in this underground oven and can feed an entire village.
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DANSEUR NEW CALEDONIA _ 0419

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Festival of the Yam (Mid-March) – Watch the most important event in the Kanak calendar at the sacred Festival of the Yam, which marks the beginning of the yam harvest. In New Caledonia, the yam is treated with the respect usually saved for an ancestor. The yams are blessed the following day by the priest then distributed among the villagers.
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TRADITIONAL KANAK HOUSE _ 0409

Traditionally round, the hut is built of plant materials: wood and straw or, as on Ouvéa, wood and coconut palm fronds. This Kanak house is the place where a family and others from the same clan sleep. Children usually rest at the back of this dwelling.
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Inside, a hearth is placed near the hut entrance. It provides heat on some nights, even though the advantage of the hut is that it keeps heat in during the cool season and minimises it in summer. The traditional construction has another advantage: it gives the wind almost no hold during cyclones.
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KANAK TRADITIONAL DANCE _ 0401

Dance is very important to the native people (the Kanak). The pilou dance for example is a story that encompasses subjects as diverse as birth, marriage, battle, and even cyclones. Colonial authorities originally banned this dance due to the trance-like state it induced and for the ocassional case of cannabilism. Music is also important. Musical instruments used include percussion instruments, bamboo flutes, and conch shells.
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PHOENIX FLOWER (ANSE VATA) _ 0400

A popular tourist beach. On windy days you can watch or join wind- and kite-surfers skimming across the bay.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ IMG_3643 “KANAK, l’Art est une Parole” stamps
Fragment of a roof finial of a large clan house, sculpture of the Kanak people made of Houp wood, New Caledonia, late 14th century—early 15th century
Wooden carvings in the shape of hawks, ancient gods, serpents and turtles are also popular. The Grand Huts, also known as grande case (chef’s hut), are decorated with the filial of fleche faitiere representing the ancestral spirits, symbolic of transition between the world of the dead and the world of the living. The wood carving is shaped like the spear-like carving that adorns the top of the grande case. It comprises three parts; the flat crowned face representing the ancestor with a long, the rounded pole run through by conch shells mounted on it that represents the ancestor’s voice, and a base with the pole fixed to it to symbolize the link between the clan and the chief. The central piece is also flanked by wooden pieces with sharp points (facing downwards) that are intended to prevent bad spirits enveloping the ancestor in the central part. As it represented the power of the chiefs over their subjects, it was adopted as flag of the Kanaks by the organization leading the independent movement in New Caledonia. The arrow or the spear normally has a needle at the end to insert threaded shells from bottom to top. After the death of a Kanak chief, the fleche faitière is removed and his family takes it to their home. Though it was allowed to be used again as a sign of respect it is normally kept at burial grounds of noted citizens or at the mounds of abandoned grand houses.
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NATIVE CHILDREN IN NEW CALEDONIA _ 0396

Boys are given more freedom than are girls. Valued traits include the ability to defend oneself and face challenges, as well as the traditional indispensable know-how (knowledge of clan history, medicinal plants, and political relationships between groups). Children are considered to have the temperament of a grandparent. Children are all educated in either public or religious schools; however, the failure rate is high.

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Higher Education. To attain skilled jobs, Kanak families now encourage children to receive a higher education. The proportion of Kanak students obtaining a bachelor’s degree has increased.
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UN LES PLUS BEAUX SITES d’ECOTOURISM _ 0358

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BAIE DES CITRONS _ 0351

Baie des Citrons, Noméa

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