Mahatao fishermen start their day hours before the break of dawn.
Smoked dorados are hung inside the fishermen's homes. Mahataos practice smoking as a curing method to have a supply of fish throughout the year.
A closer look at a sliced dorado.
At 3AM, fishermen forage nearby springs for wild shrimp.
Wild shrimp is used as bait for small fish. The small fish then becomes the bait for large dorados.
By 5AM, fishermen have paddled out into the Philippine Sea.
Batanes is the northernmost province in the Philippines.
Water buffalos or carabaos graze freely on Marlboro Hills, Batanes.
Delia harvests her vegetables while her son is out on the sea.
Large cabbages, among other vegetables, grow on fertile Batanes soil.
By 11AM Mahatao fishermen paddle back to the shore.
Fellow fishermen help carry other boats.
Children welcome their father as he returns.
Coconut leaves are used to protect the boats from rain.
Residents of Diura Beach experience erratic weather changes.
The sun shines on a toppled boat.
A fisherman slices and cures his morning catch. The dorados are hung outside his home to dry.
A typical home in Diura Beach is covered with leaves to protect their homes from strong rain and winds.
Dorados drying out in the sun is a typical site in Diura Fishing Village after a morning catch.