Platvis lives for the sea. Not only does he dive for a living but he dives in his spare time too. His house is decorated with oil paintings of boats and fishing villages. A row of spear guns line the wall next to the fireplace where a fossilised shark’s tooth sits amongst a collection of shells and stones.
When I first met Platvis, he taught me how to cook and eat crayfish and also how to de-scale and fillet a fish. It wasn’t easy to scrape off the scales of a beautiful creature and then cut into its flesh. But I thought that if I can eat fish then I should be able to deal with it. It took ages and I appreciated the fish even more.
Here is a photo series of Platvis de-scaling and filleting a Steenbras he speared in Betty’s Bay recently. He used a very sharp knife and cut quickly and confidently so as to avoid hacking the flesh:
Platvis cut some of the fish up for the mongooses…
And placed it on their special rock table in the garden:
Another Mongoose Picnic in Betty’s!