Re: What's it really like out there?
Steve Callahan, 76 days adrift in a raft, told of dorado, trigger fish or sharks around the raft all the time. He mostly caught triggers but speared some dorado too.
Dougal Robertson, along with four others, (38 days at sea) talked about dorado, turtles or sharks with them all the time, mostly turtles. Once they got the hang of catching them, they had enough food to live indefinitely.
For both, water was a more serious problem.
Both talked about the constant thumping on the bottom of their life rafts. I imagined sea life attaching itself to the bottom and fish hitting it for food, kind of creating their own ecosystem. But I'm sure it's a lot different drifting slowly in a raft than sailing through the water.