Last Sunday a few of us were able to take one of the Seamans’ small boats over to a motu called Tiputa at Rangiroa. ‘Motus,’ are the emergent islands that form a larger coral atoll. After a breathtaking church service, our second in French Polynesia, Gabby Chavez and I made our way over to the Pacific Ocean side of the motu where we perused a beach of coral rubble. Amongst the cobble-sized grains were a variety of organisms, dead and living, including hermit crabs and calcareous shells. There was also an extraordinary amount of garbage. It appeared to be foreign in origin as most of it was so worn as to imply a voyage across seas from far away. It was disturbing to witness the effect that our modern means of production have on even the most remote environments on Earth.
Today we enjoyed a sunset with schools of jumping tuna and dolphin in the foreground. Carefully navigating the Seamans into the school, we cast fishing lines. It was not long before we had a bite. We have spent the last several hours trying to reel in what appears to be a yellowfin tuna over 100 pounds in weight. More news to follow.