Fish and Confronting the Killer in You, Part 1 of 3
"I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.” ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
The grey triggerfish, or Balistes carolinensis, is wondrous to watch in its natural habitat, and a lovely source of protein for pescatarians. The Portuguese call this fish peixe porco, literally translated to pig fish. Not to be confused with hog fish, or Bodianus scofra. The triggerfish I thoroughly enjoy from beginning to end. Meaning I enjoy being in the water with it, in my wetsuit, on a spearfishing trip and getting it from the water and into my sushi-loving belly!
Ten years ago, one of my dearest friends, Folkmar Graf, took me on my first spearfishing trip. I am strong above water swimmer, but am unskilled underwater so I come along mostly as an observer/cheerleader, and the team member who ferries the quarry back to the semirigid dinghy/motorboat. (Folkmar and my husband are the noble spear fishermen.) I remember vividly the speed at which the triggerfish swims, and its playfulness. And it's fighting spirit. It bit the tip of my pinky finger when I pulled it out of the water and put it into the semirigid. (I still have the scar! ) Who is going to bite whom?! I won in the end. . . . .
Do you want to learn how to do this? www.wwoof.pt Go there and find Flores Permaculture Farm in the host section, in Flore island, Azores. We are accepting inquiries and guests for May 24 to November 31. Or until the weather turns blustery and wet!
Note: This particular triggerfish was sustainably caught, pole and line, by a dear friend and local fisherman.
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