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.