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Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Spanish fishermen dart in between huge, deadly waves that hammer the Ferrol coastline in northwest Spain, in search of prized gooseneck barnacles, a rare delicacy that brings in money in a region struggling since the collapse of the shipbuilding industry.
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), looks at cracks on rocks before collecting...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santi Diaz Mosquera, 41, a 'percebeiro' (barnacle fisherman), looks at cracks on rocks before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia. The Spanish fisherman knows every journey down the treacherous Galician rocks in search of a handful of prized gooseneck barnacles could be his last.

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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera is hit by a wave while picking barnacles from sea rocks. The dangerous practice of...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santi Diaz Mosquera is hit by a wave while picking barnacles from sea rocks. 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. A stone cross on the coast commemorates other friends who have died. But for Mosquera, the rewards from a successful mission are too great to ignore.

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December 25, 2016
Barnacles collected by Santi Diaz Mosquera are seen on the coast of Ferrol. He can sell 1 kg (2 lb) of...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Barnacles collected by Santi Diaz Mosquera are seen on the coast of Ferrol. He can sell 1 kg (2 lb) of the crustaceans for around 70 euros ($73). That rises to 100 euros at auction in the week before Christmas, a big sum in a region struggling since the collapse of its shipbuilding industry.

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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera collects barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. On a good day Mosquera can catch 10 kg...
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera collects barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. On a good day Mosquera can catch 10 kg of gooseneck barnacles, also known as percebes. "Fisherman always want to catch the best percebe and they are in the areas where the sea hits against the rocks, it is dangerous," he said.

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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera walks on rocks after collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. Dressed in a dark...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santi Diaz Mosquera walks on rocks after collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. Dressed in a dark wetsuit and carrying a large sharp stick, rope and a bag to house his catch, Mosquera leaps effortlessly across the rocks as the waves crash in.

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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera poses for a portrait in front of the rock known as Los Caballos (horses), where his...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santi Diaz Mosquera poses for a portrait in front of the rock known as Los Caballos (horses), where his father died 20 years ago, at the coast of Ferrol. He began surfing with his father aged eight and would try to catch fish, mostly without success, before he took up fishing for gooseneck barnacles, often compared to dinosaur toes.

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December 25, 2016
A cross is seen on a rock on the coast of Ferrol. "I feel passion when I'm by the sea, I know the name...
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The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
A cross is seen on a rock on the coast of Ferrol. "I feel passion when I'm by the sea, I know the name of the rocks on Ferrol coast, I feel comfortable," Mosquera said. "Everything I know about the sea, I owe to my father."

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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera (L), and Alberto, 'percebeiros' (barnacle fishermen), look at the sea early morning...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santi Diaz Mosquera (L), and Alberto, 'percebeiros' (barnacle fishermen), look at the sea early morning before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. Mosquera works alongside Alberto, his friend, and the pair are among around 150 fisherman who search the Galician rocks for the precious barnacles, which can be eaten raw or after a quick boil.

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December 25, 2016
Rosa Mosquera, 58, mother of Santi Diaz Mosquera, stands at the entrance of their house on the coast...
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Rosa Mosquera, 58, mother of Santi Diaz Mosquera, stands at the entrance of their house on the coast of Ferrol. Mosquera lives with his mother Rosa, who wanted her son to pursue another career after seeing her husband and others die fishing. "Always I worry. I know that the sea is wild around the Ferrol coast, with rough waters in winter," she said. "(But I am) super proud of him because he is very reliable. The sea is his passion."

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December 25, 2016
Santa Comba hermitage stands on a hill on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santa Comba hermitage stands on a hill on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
A bag known as 'zaranda' (L) and a scraper known as 'rapa' which are used to pick barnacles are seen....
Ferrol, Spain
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A bag known as 'zaranda' (L) and a scraper known as 'rapa' which are used to pick barnacles are seen. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera walks on rocks before collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera walks on rocks before collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Fisherman Santi Diaz Mosquera carries a rope to help him hang from the rocks to collect gooseneck barnacles....
Ferrol, Spain
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Fisherman Santi Diaz Mosquera carries a rope to help him hang from the rocks to collect gooseneck barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Barnacles are seen on a rock on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Barnacles are seen on a rock on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera picks barnacles from rocks on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera picks barnacles from rocks on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera collects barnacles from rocks. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera collects barnacles from rocks. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera holds barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera holds barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera stands next to a bag known as 'zaranda' filled with barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce...
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera stands next to a bag known as 'zaranda' filled with barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera walks on Santa Comba beach after collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera walks on Santa Comba beach after collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera and Alberto sort barnacles before selling them. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera and Alberto sort barnacles before selling them. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera forges a scraper known as 'rapa' to sharpen it before collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho...
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera forges a scraper known as 'rapa' to sharpen it before collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera forges a scraper known as 'rapa' to sharpen it before collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho...
Ferrol, Spain
The Wider Image: Hunting for gooseneck barnacles
Santi Diaz Mosquera forges a scraper known as 'rapa' to sharpen it before collecting barnacles. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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December 25, 2016
Santi Diaz Mosquera waits for his mate Alberto before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho...
Ferrol, Spain
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Santi Diaz Mosquera waits for his mate Alberto before collecting barnacles on the coast of Ferrol. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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