Last of the Blue Water Hunters
By Carlos Eyles
216 pages, 5-1/2x8-1/2 inches, paperback, 24 B&W photos
Pub date: 1985 Reissued with new cover and design: November 2005
This is the extraordinary account of a handful of men who made their way into the last wilderness, armed with only their courage and driven by an insatiable curiosity. From his early beginnings on the island of Hawaii, the author progresses to his apprenticeship with the "blue water tribe" in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico during the 1960's. There he learns to stalk the powerful game fish that inhabit the deep waters. After 20 years of blue water hunting, he returns to the island of Catalina where he fulfills his dream of living off the sea using only a speargun to sustain himself. The climax of this book is an incredible expedition to the far reaches of the vast Pacific in search of the giant blue fin tuna. The Last of the Blue Water Hunters is also about the sea, as viewed not by the scientist, but by the hunter, who sees it with a sharp, all-encompassing eye, exposing the reader to an ocean world never seen by the majority of divers.
Table of Contents
- IN THE BELLY OF THE MOTHER
- INSRUMENT OF THE HUNT
- THE FATHERS
- THE GULF
- WHITE SEA BASS
- THE BLUE WATER MEET
- WILD CURRENTS AND OTHER MOVING EXPERIENCES
- CUTTING THE BLUE EDGE
- BLUE SKIES, EMPTY SEAS
About the Author
Carlos Eyles became deeply connected to the ocean world as a child growing up on the beaches of Hawaii. His life, as first a free diving big game spearfisherman and now as an underwater photographer, has covered much of the planet's oceans and seas-a lifetime journey, which has also paralleled the decline of the ocean's great wealth. He has written eight books and countless articles about his ocean experiences. His underwater photographs are found in major books and publications worldwide. He recently returned to Hawaii to live and teach free diving.
Link to the author's website:
"One of the great books on diving."
-Dick Bonin, president, SCUBAPRO
"If I had only one book in my diving library, it would undoubtedly be this one. For anyone new to the game, this is the book that opens the door. Carlos' experiences and love of the ocean will ring true with anyone who longs to once again be dropping down, hiding, waiting for what is just out of sight."
-Dennis Haussler, IBSRC International Blue Water Champion, 1999, 2000
"A rare opportunity to see the ocean through the eyes of the first hunters to venture away from the shallows, this book is both a journey back in time, and into the soul of one who followed them."
-Kurt R. Bickel, former Senior Editor, Spearfishing Magazine
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Carlos Eyles, author, photographer, adventurer completed a 30-day NOAA expedition to the northwest islands in the Hawaiian chain. This remote wilderness was being studied and cataloged by NOAA and Carlos served as their staff writer. His daily journals are posted on the following website: