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Rare Delicacy
Photograph by Peter Essick

Rubber-clad fishermen haul crabs from the frigid Beagle Channel in the southernmost reaches of Patagonia. Keeping only the adult males, they'll bait the trap again and return it to the sea—a sequence they repeat about 450 times on a normal three-day cruise. The live crabs ride in the hold to Ushuaia, Argentina, where a processing plant turns out frozen crabmeat for shipment to the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Only one crabbing company works these waters in Argentina. Several others lay their traps in Chile's glacier-fed fjords to the west.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1-V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 400
Lens: 16-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: cloudy
Time of Day: sunset
Lighting Techniques: Flash fill at sunset


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