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Trekking in a 20 million year old rai...
Madeira, Portugal
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
15 Jun 2013

Deep V valleys are the main landscape of the island interior, surrounded by waterfalls and views to the Atlantic ocean in every corner

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio is ready to go back home with his daily catch. Due to the sea tides, sometimes thepercebeirosneed to harvest under artificial light.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio checks his daily catch. Due to the sea tides, sometimes thepercebeirosneed to harvest under artificial light.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro gets hit by an unexpected wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro inspects a rock to find percebes.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros gets hit by an unexpected wave. Even when the weather is good, the sea is extremely dangerous on this part of the coast.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro cleans a perfect sample of percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebes grow in the gaps between rocks and sometimes the only way to harvest them is by hand.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros try to harvest together so that they are not alone if an accident happens. Even when the weather is good, the sea is extremely dangerous on this part of the coast.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio cleans a perfect sample of a percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros run away from an unexpectedly large wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros talk just before they start the harvest. After a week of rain and huge waves, the sun is shining and the percebeiros are in a very good mood.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro prepares himself for the days harvest in his warehouse.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
18 Dec 2011

December 18, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A view of the lighthouse in Laxe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
17 Dec 2011

December 17, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio reads an article in the local newspaper about the percebeiros having to deal with the bad conditions of the sea over the previous few days. The title says "Risking life for 2 kg of percebes".

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
17 Dec 2011

December 17, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros talk outside the bar in the port.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
17 Dec 2011

December 17, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

It's Sunday and percebeiros play dominos at the local bar.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
16 Dec 2011

December 16, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Despite the bad condition of the sea, "Feuto", a retired percebeiros, and his son were able to fill their bucket with 5 Kg of precious percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
16 Dec 2011

December 16, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

"Feuto", a retired percebeiro, watches as his son navigates the cliff. He can't stay at home when the sea is in a rough condition and so he stays with his son on the cliffs.

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Los Percebeiros de Laxe
Laxe
By Ruom
16 Dec 2011

December 16, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros inspect the condition of the sea. Unfortunately it's another bad day, foam and big waves make for dangerous fishing.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
15 Dec 2011

December 15, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Juan and Joaquin, two of the younger and more agile percebeiros, try to escape a rogue wave. Despite the dangerous condition of the sea, they decided to go out and harvest anyway.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
15 Dec 2011

December 15, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A moment of rest for Juan and Joaquin, two of the younger and more skilled percebeiros.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
15 Dec 2011

December 15, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Despite the dangerous condition of the sea, Juan and Joaquin decide to go out and harvest anyway. Christmas is an important time for harvesting.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

The torn shoes of a percebeiro.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros secure their companions with a rope. It's the second day of harvesting, but not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop them. Christmas time is too important.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio and Feuto (right), a retired percebeiro, look at the condition of the sea. It's the second day of harvesting, but not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop them.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros get hit by a wave. Not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop them, Christmas time is too important.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

It's the second day of harvesting. Not even gale force eight winds and heavy rains can stop the percebeiros.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

8am at the bar and the percebeiros are discussing the condition of the sea and whether they can work in the coming day.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

The torn wetsuit of a percebeiro.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros try to escape from an unexpectedly large wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

"El Presidente", one of the youngest percebeiros, empties his catch into a bucket.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio looks at the giant waves crashing on the rocks where he's going to fish. Percebeiros have to be very wary of the condition of the sea, one false step and they could fall into the ferocious current and die.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio, one of the most skilled percebeiros, arrives at the "rivera". Today is the first day of harvesting but the sea is very rough and dangerous.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
09 Dec 2011

December 09, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Pictures on the wall of Paco Moinelo's office. He is one the most important buyers in the fish market of La Corua.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
09 Dec 2011

December 09, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Buyers discuss the price of boxes of percebes at the fish market in La Corua. Most of the fish and sea food caught in the region is sold here.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
09 Dec 2011

December 09, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A buyer inspects the quality of a box of percebes at the fish market. Most of the fish and sea food caught in the region is sold here at La Corua.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
05 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

The small port of Laxe's economy is based on harvesting percebes (goose barnacles) and other fishing-related activities.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
05 Dec 2011

December 10, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Activity inside the small fish market of Laxe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
03 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

The Coast of Death is one of the most dangerous places for fishing in the world.