We spent the other day wondering around downtown Newport. One of highlights was the Newport Shipyard. A boat yard that specializes in REALLY big superyachts. Just amazing the money flowing through that place. I am used to boatyards and marinas where Harmonie feels like a big boat. Against most of these, she’s a toy!
Right next door, for full contrast, is the commercial fishing dock with it’s “rough” looking boats and the associated smells and sights. From the commercial fishing docks, comes our blog quiz for the day.
Stacked all around the dock were lobster traps and fish traps of many kinds. Most of them I had a pretty good handle on, and could at least come up with a good guess for what they might be used to catch. But one trap had me totally at a loss.
It didn’t look like it could catch anything. Just a simple rectangular box with half the top open. A bag or screen inside to hold bait. Some weights to hold it on the bottom. That’s it. No doors, no tapering baffles. Just an open box. Certainly easy and cheap to make, but not something that looked like it would hold anything inside long enough to bring to the surface. Only when we snagged a friendly commercial fishermen walking by was the mystery solved…
So today’s quiz is: What animal is so dumb it can get into this trap, but can’t get out again?
A hint: They sold for $4/pound at the dock. OK, that’s not much of a hint, but it’s the best I came up with!
I’ll post the answer in a day or two.
Yes it is a conch trap. They are technically welks but both names are used interchangeably. I grew up eating them as a Sicilian-American tradition. Boiled, cleaned and marinated we call them “macuni”
Some sort of mollusk?
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Conch? Never eaten it, but I’ve seen it caught and cleaned.
Close enough for me! In fact, that is the exact answer the professional fisherman gave. To be REALLY technical about it, it’s not conch (that’s a tropical animal), but rather it is “welch”. When it is on the dinner table the Italian name is “scungille”.
When I lived in San Francisco you could buy the live animals in the shell from several fish stores in Chinatown. They make great fritters!
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