This is an edited transcript of an interview with the BBC’s Nick Robinson in which he talks about the science of the sea, and how it all began.
We first met Nick Robinson when he was just five, and we’re going to take this journey in his footsteps.
Nick is a very shy kid.
He’s a good swimmer, but he’s shy and shy, and he’s really shy about speaking to anyone.
So I didn’t know who he was until he started talking to me.
I thought, ‘Oh, this is a great kid.
We’ve got to meet him’.
He was in a group of five, which was a lot of kids, so he was the first one to meet me.
We met at school and I asked him to do a few laps, which he did with a little bit of help from me.
He said, ‘This is how I like to swim’.
So I had a good time.
I don’t know how he was taught the way he swam.
He swam like a little boy, like a boy from the village, but with a big, broad grin on his face.
I’ve seen it on television, like how he just looks like he’s about to swim, and I’ve always thought that’s really interesting.
He did well, he did really well.
I was really impressed, and now I’m a professional, but I’ve never really met him, and this is my first interview with him.
I wanted to know about the world’s most popular fish.
There’s a lot about the fish that’s very scientific, and Nick said, ‘Well, I don’s the most popular in the world.’
I thought that was interesting, because I don, too, am a fish person, and you can’t have a conversation with a fish without talking about its popularity.
Nick said he has two fish tanks.
He has three tanks of a different colour, and all three are full of fish.
He had one in his house and he said, I’ve got a few more, and when he first started this he had a few, too.
The other two tanks are full and Nick has a few other fish tanks around his house, too – he has more fish than I have.
He is very proud of them.
I asked Nick about his diet.
He told me he likes to eat some fish, some mackerel, some salmon, some tuna, and a little chicken.
He likes a lot more fish, so that’s why he has three.
He doesn’t eat any other fish.
He said he’s got a couple of fish that he likes, too: a lot of fish with a lot in them.
You don’t have to go out to the sea and you don’t need to be afraid of fish; you can just walk around, look around and enjoy it.
How long has it been since you’ve been a fish?
When I was five, Nick was living with his mum in her kitchen, and one day he asked, ‘Can I get a fish for dinner?’
He said that was all right, but then he didn’t really eat it for dinner.
I said, Well, I’m going to get a chicken instead, and that’s when he said he had five more.
And I said ‘I have five more, but you have to take one of them, because you’re not going to be eating it anymore.
You’ve just got to take the one that has the most colour, because it’s the biggest one, so you’ll be able to eat it.’
He said he was thinking, ‘OK, that’s the fish for me, but it’s not the one I like.’
So Nick went off to school, and the next day he went to the shop and bought a few of the fish.
But he was a bit scared because he was scared he’d get caught, and then he’d have to pay for it, so Nick had to go home and eat it.
He ate a lot, and it was amazing.
Nick had two of them – one was white, and another was yellow.
Do you eat fish more than you can handle?
Yes, I do.
I’m very picky about what I eat, and if I have more fish in my tank, I can eat it more.
Nick says he’s eating a lot now, and they’re great.
But then he said the fish tanks have a different flavour than the ones he used to have, and as a result, he’s not eating the fish any more.
I went home and asked him what he wanted to eat next, and his answer was, ‘I’m not going out to fish any time soon, because they’re too hard.’
And I thought ‘That’s sad’.
He’s a very big fish collector.
I think he has a tank of about 40 fish, and there are lots of fish in his tank. He