Shrimp Boats & Gulls

Early January we observed two working South Carolina shrimp boats trawl up and down the coastline.  January?  I had to look that up to confirm.

South Carolina’s growing shrimp usually remain in estuaries inland until the water temperature falls to 60-65 degrees.  At that time, they move into the lower reaches of sounds, bays, and river mouths where they gather in large numbers.  Migration into the ocean then occurs during the large tides associated with the new and full moons.

I took these photos during the Supermoon days early January.  The frigid cold air was arriving, water temperatures were falling.  Maybe we observed when an anticipated shrimp migration was occurring.

The shrimp boats worked all day…..

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…..and they worked all night.

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The shrimp boats even worked side by side.

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Where there were shrimp boats…..

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….there were birds.  Primarily pelicans and gulls.

The next is my favorite photo of the shrimp boats.  I enjoyed trying to compose captures of them.

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The birds were smart.  Fresh shrimp to eat.  Those gulls wanting to eat alone and not be chased/bothered brought their catch to the shore.

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Yes, there were shrimp out there.

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I love shrimp.  You’d think they could have shared with me!




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