The heart of Ascension Island - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.161
See. My, my. My. Sauce. One of. My favorite, age. Previously. On Delos, we. Take on the massive, hiked green mountain oh. My. God I finally, made it I watch, whatever mess I don't. Drink it busts the room before. You do massive hike a party, with some pretty amazing locals. Is. This what you doing. Perfect. Herbs are the pancakes happy. Fourth of July. Happy. Fourth of July. Yes. Happy, Americans, day yep. So today is actually the first of the July but, because. There's the US Air Force Base here and they. All have to work on, the 4th of July we're celebrating, the. 1st of July as the 4th of July today. Levers. On 4th of July, of. American, Bay, good. Morning pancakes a bacon coming soon. To. Get back in there. Cue. Music. Fourth. Of July you, have Stars, and. Stripes the, urge and, whites and, I'm. Going. To party, with you today. This. Year first fourth of July so it is, I've. Never had a thought, that you like pie can. You like can you wear some red white and blue yeah. Of course of course I'll, do that honor America, you guys know American, Crew Dan, said such a great job today it's. Every, fourth of July he does such a great job but. Today. A very special. Choc. Chips Chuck chuckles. Ooh, everybody. Likes chocolate chips yummy. Every. Fourth of July on Delos starts out with pancakes, and bacon no matter where in the world we are normally. We would move on to Bloody Mary's at this point but, first we have a little bit of work to do a new, intro is being made for this season's episodes. Behind. The scenes filming. Of an intro on Delos. So. I'm going like this. You. Say that this is centroid yeah. And then I walk like this and. You just kind of look at me I I'm just look at the camera. And. Then almost. Assume. Like this what, do we got, yeah. A. Lot. Of discussions, a lot of camera play so we never plan anything so it's really interesting for us to do something like yeah that's good, so the basement. Settings, are quite clear yeah, but. Yeah now we start detailing. Stuff. Today I'll. Smooth things you think all the communication, sounds good print them it's. Through communication. Issues like so different debris you just used, to filming, ourselves and now it's like actually, you should walk here you should do this in real life and. Man. Turns. Out we would end up taking another, four days of shooting and many, days of editing to get the final intro done 30. Seconds, of video actually. Takes quite a bit of work in time but, the learning process, is something we all love, anyway. Back, to the 4th of July and. In same is the big. Day fourth, of July and my. Wardrobe needs to need. The change-up, so I'm, gonna cut these, come. On sit on your bed with my yeah my emoji, I'm into you of course not darling, I'm. Gonna cut these so they're more short. Short. Like I'm. Pretty confident, that I could do, that boy if you had it torn okay, okay, let's do it. 2017. As two adults. Look. At how buddies I can do stretches, properly, now can, ever gonna make some headbands that turned, out to be better than possible, week I had bands now the whole earlier. It's. Pretty cool. Part, of the daily commute. Are, you proud of that's your American band right there. How. Could I not be. Yes. Wait until we get to Sweden for midsummer. Good. Cultural. I. Just. Had to repair my on this on my head Brian's, on my head. They're. Good to go. What. Happened to being a proud Brit I'm, a proud Brett I'm proud of the world. We're. Not separated, by countries, my, brothers and sisters you and I I don't know I just really like doing this. Our. Place. We are all set, up, we. Were the first ones here we're. A little early, our. Flag set up. With. Is ready to buy a beer soon as it turns three o'clock. What. Time is 7 min exactly that, breathe. First. Beer. Of the day brother. Nothing. Says America, like coronis. That's. American. We, never get to celebrate the 4th of July in a country where it's actually celebrated. Normally. It's just us dressed, in our American gear on some, random island, somewhere, this. Year it feels so nice to have a taste of home the, US air force base here on Ascension Island pulls. It off pretty well. The. Population, of Ascension Island is made up of many different cultures and it, feels really special to be part of the tight-knit community. Wow. Looky. Here, for example pork bro.
So. America, they was. Cut a little bit short and continuing. On the boat because. We're going fishing tomorrow it's, awesome, we, got invited by one of the local dudes is next to us here like one of the neighbors it's. A badass local, fishing tournament yeah I was just gonna I'm excited, I'm excited to, see some big tuna, and I'd. Say wahoo yeah. That would be nice Oh, see. What happens, good let's see in the morning fishing see. At 5:00. Anyway. Hey. Today. Is. The fishing adventure. Of Ascension. Island. We. Don't really know what that means but, there's some sort of a competition, in honor of, somebody. A guy that was. A local. Fisherman out yeah I think he had a heart attack on this book actually. So. Everyone's. Gonna, fish and drink today and us on it we're, pretty good those, little things only got a ride with a guy we met last night at the 4th of July party, Craig. On, the Argonauts. And. So we made our way over to Craig and Ellen's though the, Argonaut, a 38-foot. Fishing, boat that they had purchased and, brought over from sait Hellena a few months earlier and off. We went as the sun rose from behind Green Mountain. We've. Been out for. 30. 45 minutes I thought for sure. Rhoda and I think we're getting somewhere. Creig, ended up on Ascension Island years ago for a job on a sport fishing boat after. Several years of working this industry, has attitude towards it started to change at. About that time ellen was drawn to the island by her passion for underwater, photography. They. Met by chance and quickly realized their shared love of the ocean and decided, to start a new unique, business, together on the Argonaut. Ascension. Island is well known in the spearfishing community, as being home to some of the biggest fish in the world it's. Not uncommon for a tuna to grow as big as 200. Kilograms, and up to ten feet long around here so, this has been the main attraction, to the island for about a decade. The. Island is also famous for massive wahoo mahi, mahi and swordfish. After. Trolling for almost 5 hours we, hadn't landed any fish, something. Definitely felt off and what was supposed to be a world-class fishing, spot so. When we got back we asked Craig and Ellen to sit down with us and have a chat about what if anything, was going on around here. There's. Never been a study done of the islands that no. One knows how much you know they do they come, and become residents, do they. Migrate. There's never been a study so we don't know how sensitive it, actually, is, or. How. Abundant. It is he, looking at 17, 18. Years old for 240. By 320, kita, fish. And that's not the biggest the world read was much bigger than that yeah almost doubled, so. You. Know it's those, are the fish that are your step, those are the ones that Noah did Bri they've been evading the, long lines and. Fishermen. Desert this you know there's, an important, fish to have in your system hunt.
What That all the big ones people think it's an abundance, of tuna numbers. Are going down and down and down you. Don't have so many spear fishermen shooting back many every day. Literally. This time should, we actually in a beautiful, ring, but, like yeah. And. It's true like them then they used to blame. Only. Ask with, anyone's running a business a. After. Years of working in the sport fishing industry, Craig's experiences. Were starting to get to him and making, him realize that things were going too far the, guys are coming in with. Photographers. And how. Spearfish, my just hammering them and. They would just shoot. So much like. What do you think I kind of the signals of Latrobe's and that's a. Meaningful. Answer. I have pain proof you shove a line you take trophy. You know your. Elephant. It's. Actually. The same you you, kill, an animal you don't really need to kill just for the killing. That's, what every time there's. People coming out you know there's, another big one some prostitute, as well. You. Know. Because. I've never paid, to come I want to see this, shit forever. Just. Crazy. And then sometimes, might even get a picture with the Chinna high. A visit, that's, hundred and thirteen healers are my one yesterday I was 118, no picture my picture I heartbreaking, my dragon, when he went and cutting, the thumbs up and dumping the. Fish back in the water, it's, like shocked bananas like mad that's, just, and that's. That's, not that's not on you can't do that my. Ears sailing, on Delos has, created, such a close relationship with, the ocean that, I love and respect it, as a great source of life and food, those. Years have also showed me the biggest problem facing the oceans so. Much of the world is constantly taking. But, nobody, is putting anything back and, we. Have taken as well living, off the ocean for years. We.
Aren't Against fishing or spear fishing specifically. But. What I don't agree with is killing, just for the sake of killing and this, is what Craig is talking about when. The ego gets involved and you're no longer fishing. For food but for trophy. So. What about this yearly fishing, competition, doesn't, that seem like an unnecessary strain. On the environment, well. Yes, and no the. Local population, of Ascension, Island lives, off either the sea or what, comes in by ship and even, though we didn't catch any fish on our boat the other boats did and it, all went to the locals. Here's. Past is it, more, normal for all books be pulling in Fisher is it normal that only elastin, like, every, budget. 2020, to tuna eat but, the. Thousand powers and follows it and this, year between all the boats in the competition, there, is less than twenty fish, nothing. Went to waste yesterday. Yeah they were not not one single, piece with caucuses, the guys are than the shitting the carcasses, to boil the stuff all. The spines, all at meat in between the. Heads came off its, careful he'll bite, others. Hang in the water mezcla moray eels come it, is get than that yeah that's. If every, single piece of that prick the. Baby the stomach the liver the, heart. The. Crazy thing is nobody. Really knows the health of the oceans around here even. This is the scientist from net net net yeah that racket couple. Weeks ago they couldn't explain it really. What, can seem like an endless supply of big, pelagic fish to shoot might not be the case the. Trophy killing of key fish that. Can take up to 20 years to get to maturity combined. With commercial, fishing in the Atlantic is taking its toll and people, are starting to notice, at. The time of editing this episode, we, heard rumors of the Ascension, Island government, taking a stand and making regulations. For spear and sport fishing so. I emailed them to ask. After. No, reply I tried calling. We. Went through one time and now it's saying call. Failed I couldn't. Get in contact with anyone so I had a look at the local laws listed, on their webpage and, as, far as I can tell there, are still no regulations. In place on, the size or amount, of fish you can catch while, sport fishing only. Laws and guidelines for, the licensing, of commercial, fishing vessels. So. We asked Craig and Ellen how, are you guys approaching, the situation. Catch. Hurley's. Kept. Fish when we need to foods or, like. Everything, that is respectful. For the ocean where they go in the water and we do some new stuff like. Taking. Images in my mind and, everybody said I want to do that to some people living, here for very, long time than. Us great, can we stop the boats to have like blue. Water mahi, clear. What a drifting, 15, pictures. Instead, of fishing and I was cooling oh yeah people, want to go in the water and just enjoy. The fish as they just want to see the turtles, among. And. Anyway, green weights again tittle, season is dramatizing. Head like males trying, to hook on you. In. Front of you and then a turtle, appear and, then mother, dog for me the cop showing. It that's, how wild it can be there is a way for people to come to the island and interact, with the wildlife and enjoy it that's sustainable, and still provides business for your eyes yeah. You. Know it's really cool interesting like all these pictures behind you you, know eventually the future could be a fish. Underwater yeah, it's the same thing give, my dad, some. Prints of me and that, should be you know like there's all these beautiful. Fish that are dead and they. Look so much more handsome a. Thousand. Pounds yeah. It's. Crazy then you know they bring that exactly I. Think. Times are changing, also yeah like some. People feel like it's for fishing people and I do I, do. Understand. It when everything is used to, it I had, no trouble, with catching. Fish because I still eat fish. There. Are lots of things you can do even. When you don't wish so, and it's beautiful, islands you can use the.
Five Time between hikes. Exploring. The int of the larva of the mountain, you have the diving you have. Beautiful. Sea turtles. From December. Until April. Like. 2030. On the beach. Water. In combination. But. That's the great thing to raise awareness for people to come and swim, with them and take pictures with them and interact just like you you would do on a game drive for example you don't got to shoot up go, out to see them and to experience what makes your house right, here change, it, to something, different then, there was a. Bit. And. We're making it small big times we offered an alternative and. We were changing minds could. We leave now we're. Losing, if we see. Everybody. Swimming in. Conservation. Issues. I think and just, keep the pressure up with it, that's. Good I mean you've got the whole business aspect aside, yeah what are we actually what, do we want to wait, for now and maybe once everyone comes back and reopens, business once the airport never been fixed, and you guys are hearing your constant, you're setting the standard and, things picked up Jana thank you. That. Change, has to come from so getting it themselves instead, of. Depending. On governments and that's, nice things up from, a doom scenario, a year. Ago we're. Growing. Into something, that's hopeful, again and the, more people raise their voices in a positive, way creating. Hope although, some, people believe. It's too late but if she'd just hold, on to the little things to, ecosystems. That are striving, again, or restoring, themselves. Then. You can bring with a positive. Message on. Making. The good of people and, people. Want to be changing, there's more of those. Connected. Seriously the knowledge. After. Hearing, from Craig and Ellen about this magical, island we, couldn't wait to get back in the water and do some exploring, ourselves. Today. Is. Died of attempt number oh shit, do. It okay today's, dive attempt, number two so we're headed out again today outlook so we're gonna head to the to, the arch, we. Had our first dive, in Ascension in our shark encounter, that week probably, overreacted, about but. Oh did you guys already did yes okay, okay. Today. Is dive attempt, number two for, the arch and Ascension Island and, last time we were there Brady, and Alex had, a big in Tower with a Galapagos, shark no. I think it worked out well but I'm definitely excited to go back with a different mentality. But. Since then we've learned that the behavior that they saw was pretty typical and, we've. Thought a little bit more how to act, appropriately, to, let the shark know that we're, calm cool and collected deep, breaths with these guys, keep your heart rate down point, the camera at them at all times and Karen's, gonna bring a broomstick. You heard from the locals here laughter sharks come closer just slowly pushing away with a broom and they don't like the Brussels on their on. Their sensors, so I just take a little piece of wood or a stick Brimley, I use as well I'm gonna feel the bristles, on line so, that's it we're off on designers.
Everybody's. Saw. That the truth said, being called. Around. Is, that. But. Leave the pie. Well. There, are no sharks on our second dive and to be honest we were all a bit disappointed. We didn't see one, but. That's the way it works with nature you can't control it or expect, things from it you, can only step back respect. It and be grateful for whatever comes along. The. Good news is next. Up on Delos we head to the remote side of Ascension, Island and find the beautiful Galapagos. Sharks we've been looking for down. Deeper. And out. Straight, through the town. Everybody. Saw, that. Okay. See first. Thing in the movie. That. She. Is that. Like, it. Alone. Beneath. The pines. Unheard. Shine, and. Am. I. Oh. Bullshit. The hole is too small and they don't fit with, accusations, like it's telling them in the switch crap that, you - the smells market health care. Complex. Is always quite. Morality they attend Explorer trash don't, recycle, so when you want a job that's, the type of temperature. Oh y'all. The night, before. So. Everyone's. Got, for, this fishing. Competition. Championship. Thing bamboo we. Were drinking for the 4th, of July. Yesterday. Morning. And. Wow, I just want to chill meanwhile, what I've been doing, I made some bread it's the the first time I've. Ever made bread I was inspired by the the, French, boat man in Madrid just made me, some. Bread there was like I will make your bread now ok and they use. Salt. Water they use salt water water for a lot of their cooking. So. Obviously. How this turns out I think I'm gonna do. Some. Potatoes. And, a. Blue. Cheese sauce I had it on the French boat it's a very French despite today I'm gonna try my best to make it delicious anyway, everyone, let's get this done the, crew have come back and they are very hungry so I'm really hoping, it's actually, going to. Taste. Ok so, everyone. Came back ravenous. And, they cook them. I may, do a pretty. When. I was asleep. Okay. Just, me.