A rapidly grabbed picture
because I was supposed to be involved here in getting the fish
out of the net and the fact I was taking pictures instead meant
that I was having a break instead of doing the same uncomfortable
job that my friends were doing. As our fish needed to be
alive and in good condition we had to take care in extracting
them from the nets and they seemed to have an awful lot of little
hard protrusions and bits for the net to get caught on.
It was a skill that you had to
develop as a fish biologist, removing a sometimes very tightly
caught fish with fingers that were at least half numb and getting
worse. Very unpleasant at first, but of course, you got used
to it and it was usually better to just carry on with fingers
that at half worked than to keep warming them up which just
made it worse.
Paul Ward -
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