Unidentified people, Christopher Joyce
Night time seahorse fishing trip conversations and sounds.
Fishing trip sounds
Night time seahorse fishing trip sounds.
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
22 Feb 2004
- Island of Honduman
- 9.86802 124.178
DPA 4060 omni mics
Show: RADIO EXPEDITIONS
Log of DAT #: 9
Engineer: MARTY KURICAS
Date: FEBRUARY 2004
Middle of the night, going out to fish with the Seahorse Fishermen, lantern fishers. Omni pair.
0:40 Ambi, walking to go fishing.
2:11 Ambi setting up, getting into water to go fishing. Night crickets/ bugs making music, etc. Sound of night.
5:06 CJ-How long will the fuel last in your lamp? (TRANSLATOR) L-3 hours. CJ-Can he tell us where we're going and why it's a good place to find seahorses? (translator) L-We're going to Alumar, we're going to Alumar b/c we've seen lots of seahorses there. CJ-And Alumar is part of the Dunhar Reef? L-Just near here. CJ-How long have you been diving for seahorses? (translator) L-25 yrs. CJ-And why is it best to go late at night? (trans) L-Actually it depends on the tide and the weather also, so that the reason why. If the tide is going high, a flood, then that's the best also.
11:02 Ambi, rowing out.
19:34 FX-Boat motor
25:16 Ambi, in the water, water sounds.
34:27 CJ-Here we are anchored about ten ft. over the Dunihon Reef with about two fishermen, lantern fishermen, lantern fishers, it's about 12:30 at night, the best time to be looking for seahorses, apparently, with the tide being what it is and it's good luck after midnight anyway, it's pretty dark down underneath that water, even darker than it is in the sky, but with a good torch, with a good flashlight, you can see lot of coral under there and hopefully within the next few hours you can see at least a handful of seahorses, although it's not easy, these guys have been doing it all their lives, and a seahorse is maybe about 5 inches so here we go.
35:22 Ambi, getting ready to go into water, Chris huffing, water splash.
37:52 CJ-What the fishers are doing is holding their breath and swimming under water, pulling a rope attached to the bow of a boat, dragging the boat behind them as they look for seahorses. Instead of regular fins they've got pieces of ply-wood strapped to their feet, and they've got swim goggles. Underneath we've got starfish, brain coral, quite a few sea urchins, keep your distance from those. Let's go see if they've found anything.
40:31 CJ-The lanterns work pretty well considering we're out in the middle of the night. It casts sort of a pale moon-glow that serves a purpose for these guys who need to see.
40:57 FX-Splash, getting out of water?
41:15 CJ-What do you see down there? ?-There's a seahorse. CJ-There's a seahorse there? L-Ya, I thought ?? already told you. CJ-Go tell Marty.
42:03 H-There's a seahorse attached to a string. CJ-A string. H-Ya, a string. There's a seaweed plantation under, they're holding onto the string of the plantation. CJ-And it doesn't move when ppl come close? H-Ya b/c seahorses have close home ranges so they don't really go that fast. The unique characteristics of the seahorses they have a very hold fast. CJ-They hold fast to something? ?-They are faithful to their hold fast. CJ-Oh, they are faithful to their home. H-Ya, and I will check, is it a male or a female. CJ-Can you check? H-Ya.
43:36 FX-Splash, then conversation on going to check the gender.
CJ-Digoi the fisher is diving down to pick it up, he's got it in his hand. So let's see. It's about 5 inches, he's got it by the tail. Doesn't look terribly happy. Hazel, is it male or female? H-It's the female. CJ-How can you tell? H-The dif between male and female seahorses is that male seahorse has a pouch¿so this is supposedly there's a pouch under there so if you see a pouch the males are the ones carrying the¿ CJ-The babies. H-The juveniles. CJ-And it's kind of pale, the skin is a kind of pale brown, a light color. Now if we kept this how much is one seahorse worth? H-Ten pesos. CJ-Ten pesos. And what if it were kept alive for he aquarium trade? H-This is the same for a live seahorse. CJ-For live seahorses it's the same whether for a buy or for the aquarium? H-Ya. It's still the same for a live or dried seahorse.
47:09 (this conversation done with translation from Lester to Hazel to Chris) CJ-And can you ask Lester how many seahorses he buys in a day or a week. H-25 pieces. CJ-25 seahorses in a day? H-Yes. So I guess the box is 15 and on average it's 25. CJ-And how many ppl? H-They can have an average of 15 seahorses a day with an average more or less 3 ppl. CJ-3 ppl. Three fishers. Can you do me a favor and tell me who you are and what you do? H-I'm Hazel Barnes?? And I am the marine protected area biologist of project seahorse. CJ-And you're swimming at 1 o'clock in the morning in the middle of the ocean outside Bohol. H-Yes. CJ-You do this very often. H-for our seahorse M? long term we are doing this so we have seahorse m for doing this. CJ-You like doing this? H-Yes. CJ-Even in the wetsuit? H-Yes. CJ-It's warm, the water's very warm. H-well, I'm not used to freezing temperatures. CJ-You'll have to visit America sometime. H-That's why I'm not going there. CJ-go skiing.
49:14 CJ-So what are you going to do with the seahorse now? H-Actually we're going to put this back. CJ-Why not keep it. H-We're in a marine conservation. CJ-In a marine conservation area. D-Actually when marine go out for visitors they're actually paid for a night trip. H-So I'm going to put it back
49:54 FX-Splash into the water, swimming to put seahorse back.