Pearl farming in Polynesia is not an industry per say,
it is a way of life...

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Pearl farming is not a job or a trade, it's a way of life.

Life on an atoll can be difficult yet rewarding.
For instance, we depend on rain to quench our thirst and the bounty of the sea to fill our plates. We need to be good swimmers and divers, for we spend a good part of our days in the lagoon. The cycles of the moon and sun influence our oyster crops and our daily lives.

We wake before sunrise, and rest at sundown. Heavy storms can be frequent and fearsome, but they also bring much needed rain. Everyday is quiet, except for the break on the reef or the spattering mariner engine taking the divers to sea. The Internet seems like an abstract notion here. Somehow what is in that box, feels so far removed from here.

It is not quite paradise; we work very hard, but we sure have a good time doing it!

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