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Round the World 2005 - 6

In this part of the blog I'm in Cape Verde

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Cape Verde

Cape Verde - July 5, 2005 - Sal

Here I am, sadly at the last leg in my Trip. I'm in Sal, that, as the name suggests, is an island with a lot to do with salt.

Ancient salt beds are common, and the landscape there is harshly burned out.

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The island is constantly under the inflexible scourge of the Trade Winds and is almost totally covered with brown sands blown out from the Sahara and eventually landed here.

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In any case, the Ocean life, lacking any industrial plant, is still rich. Even if, sadly said, already not comparable with that of only three years ago.

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Professional fishing in Cape Verde

Cape Verde - July 17, 2005 - Sal

Long, full days spearfishing the Cabo Verde waters. Some wahoos, some dolphin fish have been taken, but, yet, not any bill fish.    
Anyway, the sharks are hungry here. More than once the fish resurfaced from the blue under our fins half chomped.

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Cape Verde - July 19 2005 - Sal


The day of the record

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Cape Verde - July 23, 2005 - Sal

Many sharks in these days. Today a massive one, way more than three metres, was hungry but gentle: it took only the head of the Wahoo, a portion that anyway has to be throw away when cleaning it.

When he tried, after that, to eat the whole fish, found two ugly, sharp guns, pointed on his nose. Gently, decided to sink…

Cape Verde - July 28, 2005 - Sal

Today I took a beautiful Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacaresof 65-67 kg. The weight is uncertain because I had, to weight it, a scale of ONLY 50 kg.

By the way, it’s a somewhat breathtaking sensation to witness the needle of the scale make a full rotation and continue over the end!

It was the last one, and by far the smaller, of four that went to the flasher, circled it, and disappeared in the blue at their usual breakneck pace. And, dear reader, the first one was really a dream fish.

The last one hesitated and circled it twice. I was ready for that…

Luckily, the sharks today decided to leave today THIS fish intact!




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Italy - August 2005 

it’s August 2005 and I’m back to Italy. My wonderful Trip is now finished.

I can’t even begin to convey the sensations I felt when returning to the Milan airport after more than six months away.


The life in the Trip was a simple but a rewarding one: the priority were that the gun could shot straight so to take that superb prey; eat and drink accurately so not to succumb to those so common traveller diseases (and in six months I had not even suffered a cold) and to have proper energies for diving; that my wetsuit would be whole, so to keep me warm in the Ocean… And, of course, to live, breathe and enjoy all that endless beauty I was every day contemplating…


So, all in all, see you again in these pages, if not in another Round the World Trip, in some, I hope rewarding, underwater adventures.


I’ve updated all the pages when I was INSIDE the Trip and this meant working through an almost endless list of assorted Internet Points in the World. A journey too in some way...

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