The Atlantic Ocean, the second largest ocean in the world.
But just under the Tropic of Capricorn, in the South Atlantic East, about 11 meters below the surface, lays a monument.
A monument discovered in the late 1950s by a ship called Vema.
So this monument, that rises more than 4,000 meters from the seabed, became known as Vema Seamount.
Vema, is not just a seamount or an independent feature rising above the seafloor and considered to be within the deep sea.
Vema Seamount, is four times bigger than a typical seamount, which makes it a monument, and its impact in the ocean is four to five times bigger than that of a seamount,
And with a plateau-like summit of approximately 14 kilometers in diameter, and a mean base diameter of about 60 kilometers, it cannot be categorized as a seamount.
It may not be an island, but it is not a seamount either, it is simply,
A submerged and ancient rock, once at the surface of the sea, eroded by millions of years of wave action.
A sovereign territory,
Its inextricably linked with The Vema Seamount Authority, Peter J Goldishman,
who has managed to propel this overfished and almost forgotten ancient island once at the surface of the sea,
to a well-managed and well-regulated fishing ground,
and transformed it, to its greatest ever imagined state of wealth and prominence.