In the salty silence of the island of Favignana, the boats rocked to the rhythm of the waves, like old sailors giving in to the weight of the years. The light tinged the sea with a melancholic hue, while the nets were hoisted with an air of solemn sadness.
The waves had seen generations of fishermen pass by, men tied to tradition, custodians of a ritual that the ocean was slowly reclaiming. The tuna, ancient lords of the sea, were welcomed with respect, but also with a tacit awareness that the time for farewell had come.
In the hearts of those men there was an intimate sadness, a knot of emotions that only the sea could understand. The voices echoed among themselves in a soft tone, as if nature itself was participating in the farewell rite.
The tuna carcasses shone in the setting sun, a majestic and poignant sight. Each sacrificed animal carried with it centuries of wisdom, a tribute to the cyclical nature of life and death that governs the ocean.
And so, in the final act of this thousand-year-old dance, the eyes of the fishermen met those of the tuna, as if they both understood that they were sharing a moment that would never return. It was a goodbye without words, but full of meaning.
The last tuna was lifted aboard with reverence, and the sea seemed to hold its breath, as if it wanted to give one last caress to that noble guest. Then, with an imperceptible sigh, the imposing creature was immersed in the blue abyss, returning to its eternal home.
In the silence that followed, the fishermen stared at the horizon, their eyes filled with respect and gratitude. The tuna slaughter in Favignana had reached its final note, a melancholy ode to the end of an era, a farewell whispered by the waves.