Rote's hunter-gatherers, the tide pool foragers, young and old in rags, were out. Silhouetted black against the livid sunset, they wielded plastic buckets, little shovels, and small homemade wire spears. Hunting small fish and octopus, they mock-fought for the ownership of the most fecund tide pools like an army of childish gladiators.
The great waves huddled closely around Rote. As Holland protects its land from the sea with a strong network of dykes, Rote's magnificent Indian Ocean protected itself from the land by corralling it with mighty waves.
~Susan Chaplin, Excerpted from the full story by Susan Chaplin in The Surfer's Journal, Volume 18, Number 6.
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