You probably didn’t know but Russian fishermen catch crabs during winter too. The process is pretty simple – just go to the ice covered sea surface, make a hole and put a string with a bait. After a short while crabs start arriving and you can just pull them out. Then you can freshly cook it. This is sort of Russian Northern people barbecue – but you don’t need to take meats with you, just catch it. Let’s take a look:
This is how it looks from the air – a village and a frozen sea.
Here is a sign: “Attention: Strictly prohibited to drive on ice”.
But it doesn’t stop anyone from proceeding. It’s funny but many fishermen go to get their crabs on a local taxi.
Typical Chukotka landscape with an Eskimo igloo. Chukotka is bordering Alaska so no wonder.
After you arrived you got get a little walk on foot too.
Big holes in ice are called “mines”.
The holes were made yesterday and a crab catching boxes were immersed in water, so just need to break fresh ice that appeared overnight.
Around 20 cm of ice appeared overnight. It being shoveled off.
This is a crab trap. They get inside easily but can’t later escape.
Inside there is a Pamper’s box filled with rotten fish. This smell attracts crabs.
Not many crabs got inside overnight, also some kind of a clam and a sea urchin.
Looks like she sees an urchin for her time in her life.
So the fishermen were unsatisfied with their catch and decided to start catching more using different method.
So they make new holes.
And put another type of crab trap into the water.
It’s sort of a net with a rotten fish inside.
They put it inside and down to 25 meter deep.
While they are waiting they prepare a bbq table.
And a gas boiler/grill.
Men also decide to eat some local food.
So they take local delicacy: a whale skin with some fat on it, they call it “mantak”.
And eat it with some vodka.
Then some time passed and now they have to pull the nets out. Because this net doesn’t have borders they have to pull it very fast – by running away from the hole and pulling the rope. This lady does it now.
And this is what was their catch.
Now it’s lunch time. Boiling the crabs.
And waiting while they become red. Best way to cook crabs is while they are alive.
Here is it fully cooked.
They eat not only claws, like a lobster, but also open the shell of the crab. Sergei, the blogger, says its very tasty.
Then some speedy rides on a snowmobiles around the frozen sea.
And a taxi brings them back home. That was a typical Chukotka day off.
Thanks to Sergei for his photos. His website is below: