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People go to the sea to pick up ‘heavenly fortune’

HA TINH – Many people go to Thien Cam beach in Cam Xuyen district to pick up loads of shellfish that have been washed ashore by the waves, lying in the sand, and sold or used as food.

On the afternoon of October 15, along the Thien Cam beach with a length of more than one kilometer, the section through Cam Nhuong commune, Cam Xuyen district, dozens of local people carried nets, bags, aluminum buckets, baskets, and plastic lanes… around to catch shellfish washed ashore.

Scallops (or Bien Mai scallops) are yellow-brown in color, about the size of an adult hand, triangular in shape, and have a bulging shell like a banana. The intestines of this seafood are processed into many different dishes such as grilled onion, steamed, cooked porridge…

People go to the sea to pick up ‘heavenly fortune’
Dozens of people gathered at Thien Cam beach to pick up shellfish on the afternoon of October 15. Photo: Duc Hung

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh, 50 years old, residing in Cam Nhuong commune, said that when she heard from her neighbors that she had “heavenly fortune”, she mobilized two more daughters to carry plastic lanes along the sea to collect shellfish. “This species lives about 5-10 nautical miles from the coast, usually appearing in September of the lunar calendar every year. Two days today, due to the influence of the circulation of Typhoon Kompasu, the tide changed currents causing shellfish from offshore to be affected by waves. washed up,” said Ms. Thanh.

After collecting the shellfish washed ashore, many people use nets with a handle about 2m long to wade out into the water about 50cm deep to catch more “fortune”. Each group of about 2-4 people takes turns washing and sorting. Some local traders bring plastic buckets and styrofoam boxes of ice to wait to buy.

After sorting, shellfish are put in a plastic basket. Photo: Duc Hung

“In an hour, I picked up more than 50 kg of shellfish. On a normal day, fishermen have to use a boat with a capacity of 90 CV and catch them for many hours. Now the shellfish has washed ashore, so everyone is happy and excited,” he said. Tran Van Thanh, 35 years old, said.

Live apricot shells are sold to traders at sea for 15,000 to 30,000 VND per kilogram. If the shell is removed, the inner cot is cleaned and imported to eateries and restaurants, the price of one kilogram is about 250,000 VND. For every 10 kg of shellfish, one kilogram of shellfish can be processed.

The leader of the Cam Nhuong commune said that since October 14, the shellfish has washed up on the beach, and people have collected tons of weights, this is a phenomenon that is only occasionally recorded.

Many people use rackets to catch shellfish at sea level 50 cm deep. Photo: Duc Hung

According to Ha Tinh Hydrometeorological Station, Typhoon Kompasu weakened into a low pressure on October 14, but due to the influence of circulation, the area received 50-100 mm of rain today. Some sea areas such as Cam Xuyen, Loc Ha, Nghi Xuan have rough seas and high waves. Mountainous areas are at risk of local flooding, flash floods, and landslides. Follow vnexpress

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