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Alvor Harbour. Several of these guys were out early morning. They use a kind of rake with a rectangular cage attached. They dig this deep into the bed of the estuary and lift up as much sand and gravel as they can. The cage is moved back and forth through the water to wash away the sand and gravel and leave any clams behind. The clams are checked for size and those large enough to keep are then placed in a net at the digger's waist. After the tide has dropped they pack up and go on to their regular day job. This is a crop of an image taken at 300mm -(450mm on the D70). They were a long way out at depths up to the top of their chests at times. I will post a close-up picture of the tools and a morning's catch in WS.

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Additional Photos by Vic Chapman (VeeJayCee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 538 W: 124 N: 446] (2410)
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