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Tim Ecott
Tim Ecott is a journalist specialising in the Indian Ocean states, a qualified diving leader, and the author of Stealing Water: A Secret Life in an African City (2008). He lives in London.

Written by Tim Ecott

Essay/
Death
The sailfish

Just after my father died an uncanny diving encounter with a giant sailfish spoke to me of life’s mysterious connections

Tim Ecott