John McMillan is a scientist, angler and advocate for native and wild fish, particularly anadromous salmon and steelhead. He’s also an avid “fish watcher.” A diving mask is a window to a world that unlocks some of Nature’s greatest mysteries… where he feels a sense of harmony and being in the moment, isolated from the stresses of everyday life.
“When I see the fish in their own world, I enter an ecological theater,” says McMillan. “Below the liquid line, I find a comfort… it’s like a blanket. I’m just using my eyes. I can hear the rush of moving water, but that’s background noise that fades in my mind.
“Almost every time we look at a fish from above the water it’s in our hands. But below the water, you lose yourself in wonderment. Watching the subtle movements of the fish in currents is like watching eagles soar on thermal winds.”