School of fish over spring. Crystal river FL
Manatees swim by snorkelers. Crystal river FL
Workers roll out mesh bags filled with a few hundred pearl sized clams that will grow over the next few years and then be harvested.
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From SAPELO SEA FARM
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Captin Charlie Philips on his air boat on the way to the mud flats where he grows his clams.
Workers retrieving bags full of grown clams from the mud.
Before processing workers wash off as much mud as then can.
Loading up the airboat will full bags of clams.
Back at the docks bags are repaired and tied together to create large rolls of bags.
cleaning and sorting station at the docks.
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Full bag at the beginning stages of processing.
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workers wash out more of the mud and empty the bags into large baskets.
Full view of the size sorting machine.
Emptying bags into the baskets.
Clams are sent down rollers that separate them into different sizes and bags them.