Carlos Cervantes

“I used to surf, but surfing made me hungry, then I started to dive, and diving brought me food.

I have dived since I was 15 years old; I enjoy diving at night or day.
Currently, I dive for 2 hours every morning to bring one bag of oysters back to shore. The reason I like oysters is that I enjoy the process; bringing it from the ocean, cleaning it, serving it, and seeing people eat and enjoy it. My clients are always satisfied and amazed by the size and taste of these oysters. I catch them in the morning and serve them here on this rock every day. I also love fishing, when the season allows.

There is a Union for this line of work, I have to pay a yearly fee, it is
managed by the United Nations, in where there are sustainable codes, for example, after consuming the oysters, we must place the shells back into the ocean.

Diving not only fulfills me but also feeds my family. I occasionally find pearls inside the shells, I have been able to make two necklaces, one for my wife and the other for my sister-in-law. I am grateful for the ocean, it has provided me with a love for diving, and it has fed my family. I’ve gone to other lines of work, but always come back to diving, and serving oysters, and I am here to stay.”

 

Photo and interview By @christianguval 🎤📸
Reporting from:
La Punta Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico