By Steven Callahan
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I've got usually spotted that the dorados go back and forth in male-female pairs. I now think that the pairing may well serve multiple objective. might be one fish herds prey into the jaws of a better half who waits within the prey's direction. If the herding dorado can trap the flyer from at the back of, rather a lot the higher for her or him. i will in basic terms make wild guesses in regards to the dorados' habit simply because i will be able to become aware of them in simple terms after they are close to me, 100 toes away at so much. If purely i may swim with them to review the intricacies in their deepest lives. I reset my trap with the remainder flying fish head. This time i will provide it adequate slack to be swallowed. The dorado quickly methods. I provide a couple of ft of line, stalling the midget flyer. He swallows. Take it in, deeply now. I yank to set the hook. obtained him! The dorado thrashes ahead as though attractive afterburners, flips his head, well bites the road off simply sooner than the twine, and is long gone. i'll by no means seize a dorado by way of line. i need to go back to the spear. The trap that I make from a flying fish is so convincing i am tempted to chunk it myself. I determine i am approximately 450 miles from Antigua. may be off a hundred miles both approach, might be extra. one other eighteen days. Humph. at the start of this voyage, eighteen days was once an excessive amount of to invite for. Now I call for it. As my apparatus maintains to wear down and holiday, and as my dwelling corpse of a physique keeps to decompose, i need to attempt tougher to organize for each eventuality. just a couple of flares left. well beyond the lanes. The islands nonetheless some distance off. yet i am too shut now and feature come via an excessive amount of to enable pass. At nightfall in lumpy seas I spear a feminine dorado. during the melee, the solar sinks, and a pool of ocean flows round my knee. one way or the other the spear tip has pierced the ground. it is too small a slit to slot a plug into, so I take my knife out and elevate the wear. No sweat. Its sufficiently big now to ram a plug in, screw tight, and bind up with codline. Why, looky there, does not even leak a drop, even pulls the dishevelled ground a bit tighter. I must have performed this to the opposite holes within the backside, and may if the patches come off back. contained in the dorado is one other mackerel-like fish, notwithstanding smaller and extra digested than the final. i will not get the flashlight to paintings, so I escape one among my Lumalights. whilst the sunshine stick is bent, chemical compounds combine and provides off a greenish glow. wealthy fare is opened up at the board earlier than me: livers, a sac of eggs, forms of meat, and a whole part pint of water. I devour by means of eco-friendly candlelight. issues are having a look up. Showers are available the evening and soak every thing, yet I purely acquire a bit water. a boat heading west passes too distant to determine my next-to-last parachute flare. A month in the past i'd have fired off 3 or extra flares, yet now i'm even more reasonable. i'm going to look forward to a boat that's in a greater place to determine me. i will not have the funds for to waste flares. in addition to, i get very convinced, might be too convinced, that if a boat doesn't decide me up i'll nonetheless make it to the islands. The overcast morning ruins my possibilities of distilling water, yet I stay undaunted.