Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday At Cedar Key
Do you think they know?
Yesterday, I went clam farming with Kelly and crew. Our mission was to pull 30 bags of juvenile clams (300,000 baby bivalves) off of the sea bottom and return them to HQ where they would be subdivided out into more bags to give them room to grow.
Then, today, they will be returned to the shallow seafloor to spend about 10 months growing fat and sassy.
I could only help out with phase one, but I imagine Kelly and crew are out in the Gulf right now (tide's right) replanting those clams.
We wore wetsuits, because we are Floridians, and if the water temp is lower than 85 degrees, we describe it as "freezing, cold as a ..." well, you know. The day was spectacular, just perfect cool sunny weather. Old Mr. B. flew us out over the shallow water at the speed of light ... ("He only knows one speed") and once again I marvelled at his ability to read the water and fly the boat just inches from sandbars without running aground.
We worked really hard at the clam lease site. The huge bags were deep in the mud and each one was full of the sticky stuff. Once released from the bottom, the heavy bags had to be swished back and forth to remove the mud, before being lifted up on to the boat.
I didn't take any pics of the clam work, because we were so wet and so busy, but you can go here or here to get the idea.
After the work was done, I rode through Cedar Key for a few scenics before going home to a hot shower.
Above: Wayne of Niches might appreciate the Cedar Key firehouse.
The sign above says it all. There's a difference between a Cedar Key hardware store and a "regular" hardware store.
The Island Hotel is a local icon.
Today, the temps are in the 50's, winds are 13 knots out of the Northeast, and the sky is grey.
I definitely picked the right day to help the clam farmers.
Posted by R.Powers at 10:16 AM