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The Ocean is Broken

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Reprint from http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1848433/the-ocean-is-broken/?cs=12

By GREG RAY Oct. 18, 2013, 10 p.m

Peter Braveheart’s Blog

IT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it.

IT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it.
Not the absence of sound, exactly.

The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull.

And there were plenty of other noises: muffled thuds and bumps and scrapes as the boat knocked against pieces of debris.

What was missing was the cries of the seabirds which, on all previous similar voyages, had surrounded the boat.

The birds were missing because the fish were missing.

Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka, all he’d had to do to catch a fish from the ocean…


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