Que Es Esta- Esta es……#2


 Esta es……

Not to be confused with a Sea Pen , what we have here is a Pen Shell

also called

Callo de hacha or Concha de hacha in Mexico

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Click this sketch to read an extremely comprehensive paper on mollusks

Pen Shells will only be found on sandy or grassy bottoms exposed by very low tides.  Pen Shells live buried almost up to the tips of its shell so in their natural habitat they’ll look like this:th

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Apparently these have the taste and texture of a scallop

In Mexico, there are two members of the Family Pinnidae, known as ‘hachas’ (hatchet) shells and as mentioned in the previously, is the highly prized anterior muscle. What’s pictured on the previous post and what the dogs were so anxious to eat wasn’t the muscle of the animal but the dried byssal threads and filtering system.

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Pen shells have been harvested by the Comcáac Indigenous Community of Sonora (the Seri Indians) for centuries at extreme low tides from October to May. To day, due to the demand for this tasty meat, the Pen Shell is being overfished and the Seri harvesters are being put at risk by diving for their collection.

To learn more about how the Seri People are working to protect the Callo de Hacha and make their harvest a renewable resources click the picture bellow:

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5 thoughts on “Que Es Esta- Esta es……#2

  1. I REALLY DID NOT THINK IT WAS A GOOY D. BUT COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED SUCH A WONDERFUL TREAT…..WOW..VIKKI WHERE DO YOU GET SO MUCH INFO…YOU’R BRILLIANT…..SO ENJOY YOUR BLOG…

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  2. Hi Vikki. Just wanted to let you know the inspiration and influence meeting you in Cataviña has had on my life. You and your amazing poodles made me think: If this woman can travel all this way, border hopping so effortlessly, so can I. So today I brought home a nine-week old Scottish Terrier puppy I have named Cooper. Looking forward to many miles in the RV with Cooper as my co-pilot. Enjoying your blog… like the science. Best to you and the poodles.

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    • That’s awesome to here Dale! I’m glad you got your Scottie puppy. I bet he will keep you busy for a while and will be a great companion in your travels to come. I hope we can meet up in the future.

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  3. Looks like it would be hard enough to even spot them buried in the sand, let alone having to dive for them. After all the research, did you get to eat any? Good luck to the Seri and their efforts in sustainable fishing.

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