Dad, Pops, P. Seed, Tricky Tubby Tommy, Tommy Willabee Bear – he is a man of many names. However, the new (and possibly best) nickname thus far – Sashimi Tom – was earned onboard the Treasure of Galápagos, where the man and the myth gained legendary status.
When we hit the Island of Santa Cruz and saw the fisherman’s port, his cogs started turning. The fishermen were bringing up their catch, while pelicans and sea lions alike dove in amongst the fishermen’s legs to catch scraps. While most of us marveled at how close these wild animals were getting to the fisherman, P. Seed saw delicious Yellowfin Tuna and the possibility of fresh Galápagos Sashimi. He proceeded to buy a 10 lb tuna for $8 – first time anyone on our boat had ever thought to do something like this. He gave it to our boat chef and we enjoyed a delicious feast of Sashimi. Everyone on the boat was thrilled at this special treat. Dad was a champion. But the tale is not over.
The next day, we stopped on Isabela Island and another delectable opportunity presented itself. Fishermen were loading fresh, headless Yellowfin Tuna into the back of a pickup. The Seed, despite the protestations of our flustered guide Franklin, proceeded to march right up to the fisherman and ask them how much for a Tuna. They told him $60 for a 30lb Yellowfin. He produced $40, and after a few well bargained words, the deal was made. Every afternoon after that, all 16 passengers of our luxury yacht were greeted with massive plates of amazingly tasty sashimi. It lasted up until the last day – 7 days of Sashimi. With every appearance and reappearance of Sashimi, Pops’ status was elevated. Sashimi Tom was a hero.