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|This strange vehicle that looks like something from a James Bond film, is an amphibious shellfish harvester.|
It allows access to the vast muddy area of the bay of St. Michel at any stage of the tide. The crane like object amidships is used to strip the mussels from the posts on which they are cultivated.
It is a bit unnerving to meet one of these coming towards you on the road!
Information from this website:-
Stake culture :
This method of culture is generally used throughout the rearing process (from 6 months to 2 years).
This consists of mussels reared on 4 to 6-metre vertical stakes, usually made of oak, partially or totally uncovered at low tide.
Planted in lines, they can be harvested mechanically using detachers.
This still widely used technique was discovered accidentally by an Irishman in the Baie de l'Aiguillon, who was trying to capture birds in a net stretched between two stakes set in the sea. The stakes became covered in mussels, which put on weight very quickly, so he increased the number of stakes, placed them closer together and linked them with racks, naming the idea "boat-choat". And thus rearing on bouchots (stakes) was born!"
The mussels are delicious!
Taken as JPEG: PP in PS 7 and FastStone.
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- [2008-08-19 8:16]
Un bâteau avec de soues, génial l'image, il va aussi sur route alor. trčs oroginal.
Bravo et amitié
Funny and interesting shot, good composition. I like it!
- [2008-08-19 12:01]
This looks a bit like a World War II DUKW, an amphibious vehicle for transporting troops, goods and armaments. Nice to see a machine like this built and used for harvesting of mussels!
A good shot, well composed and exposed with nice colours too. And an interesting note to accompany it.
- [2008-08-20 3:08]
interesting picture an dinformation, especially as I live beside the Solway with its mud flats: although it is cockle fishing rather than mussle here.A nicley balanced composition and I like the muted colour palette.