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25 Dec. 2016
Spanish fisherman Santi Diaz Mosquera knows every journey... more
25 Dec. 2016
Ferrol, Spain
Spanish fisherman Santi Diaz Mosquera knows every journey down the treacherous Galician rocks in search of a handful of prized gooseneck barnacles could be his last. The dangerous practice of darting in between the huge waves that hammer against the Ferrol coastline in northwest Spain to cut the rare delicacy from the rocks claimed the life of his father nearly 15 years ago. But for Mosquera, the rewards from a successful mission are too great to ignore. He can sell 1 kg (2 lb) of the crustaceans for around 70 euros ($73). That rises to 250 euros ($260) at auction in the week before Christmas, a big sum in a region struggling since the collapse of its shipbuilding industry. On a good day Mosquera can catch 10 kg of gooseneck barnacles, also known as percebes. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "BARNACLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: SPAIN-FISHING/
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