Monday, July 28, 2008

Caplin Roll in Caplin Cove




Carpet of iridescent green, writhing. A thin fog half-heartedly obscuring cliffs, solemn, battle ship grey with their longitudinal lines. Impressive, but the veil of mystery soon lifting, peeling back to show true blue.

This past wednesday, the caplin rolled onto the beach. Almost to the day they did last year (a month behind from years ago). Son Ezra first out at 6am to net a few. The ritual cooking up of a few on the Regal woodstove. Then such a fine day, I launched and paddled over to Hant's Harbour to let some friends know 'the caplin are in'.

8 comments:

Brian Newhook said...

I prefer my capelin dried and cooked over an open fire on a rusty shovel blade that was found on the beach. True story :-)

Nice pics. Trinity Bay is an amazing place.

Alison Dyer said...

that's a story that needs telling! but eating out anywhere (and I don't mean restaurants!) is always way better, don't you find? so - i tried to salt & dry some of the caplin, roasted them in the oven - but are they ever salty. guess i added a wee bit too much salt?

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Douglas Wilcox said...

Looks delicious! What bigger fish eat capelin?

:o)

michael said...

The photo of the capelin is more like a painting, great pictures.

Alison Dyer said...

Hello online... I will look at adding more photos.. of caplin?


Douglas... good to hear from you. Well, let's see. Cod eat caplin, and this is also the time to see whales. I paddled out recently to what we believe were a couple of Fin whales gorging themselves. many other KNL members are enjoying paddling with humpbacks. And of course, the Japanese market likes caplin roe (caplin is harvested just for the female roe).


Michael - good to hear from you too. I was trying out my new digital underwater camera (an olympus). Thrilled at being able to do movies underwater.. now I just have to figure out how to podcast same!

Alison

Deborah Carr said...

Thanks for the photos, Allison - I've certainly heard tales of the capelin runs...alas, never had the pleasure of seeing their true colours...

Alison Dyer said...

Hi Deborah,
I'm surprised (and ignorant) - do they not occur in other parts of Atlantic Canada? A