To Take One and Leave Many


Often the ones who seem to be only taking, are the ones who are bound to serve. Harpune hunters on the beach of Langre can tell a whole lot about the condition of the Cantabrian seas. José observed the past 20 years above and beneath the water surface: “There’s been big changes around here. Once we used to see lots of fish, especially around that cliff behind me. Ask the fisher men in the village – there’s contamination with all sorts of trash now.”

The calculation is easy: More trash in the water, less micro organism the plants and algae feed from, less fish. “Killing one or two fish like me with my harpune is not the problem – it’s the general disrespect for our environment, inadequate laws to keep the population of fish stable. It’s too much – we are using nature up, we cripple it literally. Sometimes I feel like humans are parasites the Earth one day will get rid of.”

“I love the silence under water. It’s a different, a magical world.” he adds, “And if I had one wish I’d probably use it for the sake of the ocean. I can’t save the ocean by myself – but telling people about the things I see underwater everytime I go hunting opens eyes. We have to save the sea.”

Sometimes the things you see are more obvious when you take a closer look.