The Limestone Coast of South Australia  (that’s where we live!) is famed for its Lobsters.  In fact, there’s a whopper of one located at Kingston, a place up the road a bit from where we live. The Big Lobster is 17 metres high, 15.2 metres long and is 13.7 metres wide, with an approximate weight of 4 tonnes. Now that’s a big crustacean in anyone’s book!  Lucky for us it doesn’t move……

Southend is a little fishing and holiday village along the coast;  in fact it was the first seaport in the region, and it has the first jetty that I’ve been on that isn’t straight!  How weird is that!

It was a very busy place, with lots of refrigerated vans coming to collect the catch and deliver it to the shops.

But right down the far end, we found something going on that warranted closer inspection………and what unfolded is a fishy story…..

This strong young man carried a crate full of frozen fish over to the chopping block.

Oh Yum!  I love fish, and these certainly looked good enough to eat.  Enivea thought so too!

But the men had other plans…

Gee – you wouldn’t want to get your paws or whiskers anywhere near this bloke!  He had a deadly aim!

They did box after box after box.  Chopped them up into pieces.  “What for I hear you ask?”  Well it wasn’t for dog food.

The fish are caught elsewhere, frozen, and then sent to the places where the lobster pots are, and used for baiting them.

The lobster fishing season only lasts a few months.  Once the quota on each license has been reached, that’s it for the year.  Some fishermen go traveling then, others may pick up work elsewhere, some just drink away their wages…..

They get well paid for their work, which I am sure is hard and dirty at times.  Current price on a lobster is $A75 a kilo.

No wonder Enivea doesn’t buy it for me to nibble on…..guess I’ll have to make do with catching yabbies in the creek.


About eremophila

I live in the Australian countryside with my animals. Together we explore the land around us and their connection with the world helps me to see what I would otherwise be blind to. They are my teachers. My aim is to convey this other way of seeing through my photography.

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