Now that's a crab.....Kirkeness northern Norway

We went crabbing today at 1pm, it was already dark!  Only three hours of real daylight today despite crystal clear skies and minus 20C.

Fished from snow mobiles travelling over a frozen fjord, large square cut in the ice and crab nets dropped this morning by the guide who took us out....the catch, 13 or 14 king crab, we only took five to feed the ten people on the trip and even then there was heaps left over.  Steamed fresh they were absolutely stunning, sweet, full of meat and a meal fit for a king.    Add this one to your bucket list.

By way of interest this crab was never a native of the fjords but were introduced by the Russians in the 70's, they now threaten the native cod fishery so are actively hunted. 

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Meant to add, shells are remarkably soft

Wed, 2017-01-11 00:44

You eat them with a sharp set of scissors.....cut along the leg and pull out mountains of meat 

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King Crab

Wed, 2017-01-11 04:14

 Now there is a crab that you can get a decent feed out of. Good work Sunshine.


 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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Wed, 2017-01-11 09:37

I would love to do a trip like that! You may need to work on the photo skills a little though mate!

Thanks for the post really interesting reading about your holiday. 

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Cameras don't work properly at Minus 20C

Wed, 2017-01-11 15:04

Battery life is minimal at those temperatures and even lense speed changes as the lubricant used in the camera chills. And wearing full snow suits leaves little room to keep cameras warm next to your body.  So the SLR has stayed indoors unfortunately and we rely on thin iPad or. Samsung galaxy 7 ......

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Wed, 2017-01-11 16:05

I had no idea, can't even imagine cold like that! 

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Delish! My brother's first

Wed, 2017-01-11 16:40

Delish! My brother's first job straight out of uni was with Fisheries to go out with the guys that catch the king crabs here in WA and measure a sample of the catch etc for them. Used to love getting an invite from him when he was given a few off the boat


If catching wrasse is cool, consider me Miles Davis

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Typical someone just showed me how to use pro setting

Wed, 2017-01-11 17:51

On the galaxy.  For iPhone lovers, they are utterly useless in anything below freezing as they simply shut down.....snowing heavily outside today and really warm at 0C sledding this afternoon well, night really as it is dark at 1.30pm