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Dec 29, 2016

Hunting for gooseneck barnacles

Hunting for gooseneck barnacles

Spanish fishermen dart in between huge, deadly waves that hammer the Ferrol coastline in northwest Spain, in search of prized gooseneck barnacles, a rare delicacy that brings in money in a region struggling since the collapse of the shipbuilding industry.
I actually had these last night in a Lisbon restaurant and they were very flavoursome and meaty.

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), poses for a portrait in front of the rock known as Los Caballos (horses), where his father died 20 years ago, at the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 16, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santa Comba hermitage stands on a hill on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), forges a scraper known as 'rapa' to sharpen it before collecting barnacles from the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 16, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), forges a scraper known as 'rapa' to sharpen it before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 16, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Rosa Mosquera, 58, mother of Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), stands at the entrance of their house on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), picks barnacles from rocks on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), walks on rocks before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Fisherman Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), carries a rope to help him hang from the rocks to collect gooseneck barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 19, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera (R), 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), is hit by a wave while picking barnacles from sea rocks, on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 19, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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A bag known as 'zaranda' (L) and a scraper known as 'rapa' which are used to pick barnacles are seen on the coast near Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), walks on rocks after collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), stands next to a bag known as 'zaranda' filled with barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), holds barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), collects barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), collects barnacles on rocks on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), collects barnacles from rocks, on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 20, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), waits for his mate Alberto before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera (L), 41, and Alberto, 'percebeiros' (barnacle fishermen), look at the sea early morning before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 16, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), walks on Santa Comba beach after collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Santi Diaz Mosquera (R), 41, and Alberto, 'percebeiros' (barnacle fishermen), sort barnacles before selling them, on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Barnacles collected by Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), are seen on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Barnacles are seen on a rock on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 15, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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A cross is seen on a rock on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, December 14, 2016. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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