|Eight people gathered this bucket of about 8 gallons |
of scallops which yielded a little less than 4 pounds.
What I imagined and how the day turned out were two entirely different visions. I love it when a day in your life turns out that way. I couldn't have imagined a more magical summer day than the one we spent floating in the Big Bend Seagrass Preserve. The beginning seemed ominous as we headed out to sea via the Steinhatchee River in the midst of a storm in which raindrops felt like hail, but the seas was flat which was a good sign. Fortunately, the sun peeped out just as we arrived at our destination.
You need the right equipment for the day most importantly a friend with a boat and their knowledge of the area and process. We packed light- snorkel gear, nets, and sunscreen. If you haven't been scalloping before, you might think that it is a simple process, just snorkel and scoop them out with a net. There is, however, more seeking involved, a "Where's Waldo?" scallop-style. When you see one, you know it, but to find them you must look closely, pay attention to the details. There are a host of distractions from the task including an abundance of fish, a occasional octopus, even the way the sunlight plays upon the undersea world.
Both Hope and I have many more questions about scalloping and sea life. I've spent my entire life in Florida and there is so much to learn about the sunshine state. I will confess that I didn't "shuck" my scallops. I wanted to, but that will be for my next adventure. The eight of us gathered about 8 gallons of scallops which yielded a little less than four pounds. In the end it wasn't about the meal garnered, it was about the journey, a day of light and laughter among friends and a better understanding of the environment. As my friend Lee Ann blogs about, a pink-stone day.