In Japan, there is a great show called “ゼロ円生活” (The Zero Yen Lifestyle). It basically consists of one to two people locating to a shack on a remote island for a few days and only eating the food they can catch. It is a little cheesy since the shack has obviously been pre-made, they have a number of cooking utensils as well as burners and spices, but I really love the concept of catching my own food and living off the land (or sea in this case).If you remember, a little while back I wrote an article titled 10 Things I’ve Decided To Do In My New Life. Number 2 was finding catching my own food.
Well, from 11:00pm-3:00am last night, that’s exactly what I did. Due to a very low tide each month, a large amount of seabed is exposed allowing hunters and gathers to venture fourth searching for octopi, crabs, lobster, shell fish, and just about anything else edible you can find. So equipped with a bucket, a flashlight, and a spear, I journeyed into the dark on the small peninsula of land that in the few hours would be covered by water as the tide once again rose.
The difficult part of the journey was the jagged seabed covered with coral. Walking a mile or two in a moonlit night may not seem that difficult, but being careful not to crush the poor coral or slip on the rocks took a lot of effort.
After a few minutes of walking I came across a a sea snail a little larger than a golf ball (the ones we were searching for) and excitedly put it in my bucket. The next item I would find would surprise me even more. As I was waiting for my partner to catch up, I had time to really search around the area I was standing. When my light first hit the creature, the color looked just like any other rock but the shape was unmistakable. I had found a conch. However, stretching nearly a foot long and weighing several pounds, I soon realized my bucket was going to get quite heavy.
The rest of the night went on finding a shell here and there, but I also spent a lot of time viewing the various creatures in the small pools including fish, shrimp, crabs, and an eel.
At about 1:30am we turned around and started heading back. By this time my shoulders were starting to get a little tired from carrying a heavy bucket, but I sure wasn’t going to complain. Though not searching as hard on the way back ( I was more concerned with beating the tide), I even managed to catch a decent size octopus and spear a fish.
After washing everything and putting it all in the fridge, we finally got to bed around 4:00am.
Now comes the hard part: cleaning and cooking!