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LIVING                                                                                MARCH 2009


THE ONE THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY


On Saturday, 14th March 2009, Dimitri Tsolakou, aged 80 and his daughter Maria were out fishing as usual in their dependable fishing boat, ‘Vassiliki ‘on the sparkling blue water of Perdika. At around 08.00 hours in the morning, they decided to pull in the nets but found them heavy and impossible to haul and as they took the boat closer which almost capsized in the process, they noticed a tail of gigantic proportions. They immediately identified the creature…a dog fish! a plankton feeder which had strayed inland, only 500 meters from the marina.

They realized in commercial fishing terms that this was a fine catch and once they’d summoned help from a fellow fisherman who possessed a larger vessel, the news spread like a virus and people travelled from every corner of the island to witness the extraction from the ocean to the concrete slab of the quay. Journalists, locals, tourists, the port police and fishermen vied for a good angle from which to photograph the best catch of Dmitri’s 75 year history of fishing.

The creature was estimated to weigh 2 tons and measured approximately 8 metres in length. The fishing villagers of Perdika knew exactly how to deal with this prize marine catch and within 30 minutes, a lorry bearing a crane arrived to extract it from the sea. It emerged slowly and impotently, an un-successful escapologist suspended from a hook, ropes and cables and landed with a rubbery thwack on the concrete where children set about gingerly touching its black,coarsely textured scales. It neither writhed nor struggled, so assumingly( and hopefully,) death, or was it simply resignation? may have started some time earlier.

I didn’t witness the final phase of its journey but I was informed that it was being transported in a refridgerated lorry to Piraeus fish market where it would be prepared to be sold for human consumption.

Nevertheless, for Dimitri and Maria who have been fishing all their lives and for the villagers of Perdika, this was a day to be remembered and will probably be spoken about for a very long time!

 

 

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