This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: REPORTAGE - SULAWESIE - Stop#7 - Tout droit...!
As my primary language is not English, there are probably some mistakes in my translation.
Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but Marc Allaria (@marc-allaria), a French guy.
One of the most beautiful animals of the oceans
Selayar is right at the bow of Aurora. To tell the truth it has been there for a few days since I saw it from my previous anchorage. The navigation is not very long and makes me land in Pengaa, the mini-agglomeration of the island.
I drop the anchor in front of the harbor in the middle of the boats of fishermen that have come to sell their booty and to find some rest there after several days spent at sea. Of course, the glances and the questions with respect to the boat next door do not delay. The fishermen staring at my "modern" sailboat with a single sailor on board, and I, trying to understand their life at 4 or 5 on such small boats. From there to meet all on the same boat, it will not have taken more than an hour!
The seamy side of this fishery is that fishermen do not usually bother with shark meat. They cut the fins to the catch, and throw the shark alive and without a fin in the water. The agony is slow for this paralyzed body plunging to the bottom unable to move, so to breathe. The images and reports have been numerous in recent years and each of you has certainly had the opportunity to watch.
And then of course, when we find ourselves in front of men, we end up discussing. "You have to live well," explains one of them, telling me about his village and his family. What to reply to that? It is not me, beautiful lover of the Nature, who since my sailing boat stuffed with gray energies, metals, and chemicals, will take the high morality ground! They say they also keep the shark meat, which I checked in their cans prepared for salting meat, where a turtle is drying as well.
Net and reefs...
At the edge of the beach, this time it's a dolphin that I find hooked on a line and that will certainly make a meal for a family. The picture is even more untenable for me. I do not even have the courage to take a picture. But again, dolphins, turtles, cows or pigs, not to mention the millions of hectares of trees cut to grow our greenery and our organic soy milk, we must resign ourselves to admit that the man has based his survival on the destruction of its environment, and that the outcome is known to all ... But that no one is worried about the planet. In the end, it will still be there!
Next thought will be more positive, I promise!
01: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Funny situations ...! at sea..., by @marc-allaria
02: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The fishing file ...!, by @marc-allaria
03: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Cagayan Islands, by @marc-allaria
04: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Seaweed...!, by @marc-allaria
05: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Bacuit Archipelago, by @marc-allaria
06: BORNEO: Kudat and the technical stop, by @marc-allaria
07: BORNEO: Kinabatangan River, by @marc-allaria
08: BORNEO: Maratua, part 1, by @marc-allaria
09: BORNEO: Big Fish School, by @marc-allaria
10: BORNEO: Diving in Maratua ...!, by @marc-allaria
11: BORNEO: The jellyfish lake ...!, by @marc-allaria
12: SULAWESI: Sewia...!, by @marc-allaria
13: SULAWESI: Story of a dive at Pasoso Island...!, by @marc-allaria
14: SULAWESI: Tanjun Kai...!, by @marc-allaria
15: SULAWESI: Kopoposang...!, by @marc-allaria
16: SULAWESI: PA-RA-SI-TE...!, by @marc-allaria
17: SULAWESI: BIRA...!, by @marc-allaria
18: SULAWESI: Diving under my house ...!