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El DIARIO DEL FIN DEL MUNDO: A JOURNEY THAT WASN’T

The extraordinary events and unlikely phenomena to which sailors bear solitary witness are not easy to record. The narrative must be precise, or it runs the risk of being taken for a fabrication. For the maritime storyteller this would be unthinkable, as he and his story are inseparable. The truth, therefore, must be made believable. One way is to understate the story by weeding out exceptional details, however factual. Another option is to dress the truth in the costume of fiction by using those same details to elaborate the story. But on certain occasions, such as this one, none of these narrative mechanisms are sought.

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Due to the effects of global warming, the Antarctic ice shelf is receding. In addition to widespread environmental damage, the seascape has changed to reveal previously uncharted islands with unusual ecosystems and mutations in the endemic fauna. Over the years, rumor of

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