Antarctic Fishing 9 - Getting a fish out of the net

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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.

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