Los Percebeiros de Laxe

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The small village of Laxe, located on the Northwest coast of Galicia (called Costa da Morte, Coast of Death), bases its economy on percebes harvesting and other fishing-related activities.
The Coast of Death is one of the most dangerous places for fishing in the world.
La pequeña lonja de Laxe.
El hijo de Esperanza es dueño de una imbarcación para la pesca del pulpo.
8 am at the bar. It
Julio (one of the most experienced percebeiros) is looking at the giant waves crashing on the rocks where he
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Julio en el coche de camino a las rocas. El día no promete mucho.
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Not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop the percebeiros. Christmas time is too important for them.
Particular de los zapatos de un percebeiro.
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Two percebeiros try to escape from a unexpected wave.
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La impresionante montaña al lado de la playa de Soesto en Laxe.
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Julio, exhausted, cleans a percebe.
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A percebeiro gets hit by an unexpected wave
Due to the sea tides, sometimes the percebeiros need to harvest with artificial light.
The small village of Laxe, located on the Northwest coast of Galicia (called Costa da Morte, Coast of Death), bases its economy on percebes harvesting and other fishing-related activities.
The Coast of Death is one of the most dangerous places for fishing in the world.
Two percebeiros try to escape from a unexpected wave.
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The little fish market of Laxe.
A fisher weighting a octupus.
8 am at the bar. It
Julio (one of the most experienced percebeiros) knows that another hard day of work is waiting him.
Julio is looking at the giant waves crashing on the rocks where he
Sometimes the only way to harvest a percebe is by hand.
A perfect sample of percebe.
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Not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop the percebeiros. Christmas time is too important for them.
Not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop the percebeiros. Christmas time is too important for them.
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Time is very unpredictable in this part of the coast.
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Juan and Joaquin are two of the more prepared percebeiros of Laxe.
A moment of rest for Juan and Joaquin
Two percebeiros try to escape from a unexpected wave.
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Feuto (a retired percebeiro) supervising the work of his son. He simple couldn
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"Risking the life for 2 kg of percebes"
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A percebeiro gets hit by an unexpected wave
Due to the sea tides, sometimes the percebeiros need to harvest with artificial light.
Due to the sea tides, sometimes the percebeiros need to harvest with artificial light.
The sealight of Laxe.

In the small village of Laxe, located on the Northwest coast of Galicia (called Costa da Morte, Coast of Death), a small group of fishermen (40 men and 1 woman) dedicate their lives to hunting Percebes (Goose Barnacles), Spain’s most expensive and sought after shellfish.

These are probably the world’s most at-risk seafood gatherers as due to the percebe’s need for oxygen the highest quality ones grow on the most dangerous places and are most profitably harvested in the winter, when the supply is limited by the risks involved.

This is the story of a few of these percebeiros during the month of December, the most crucial of the year for them. As Christmas approaches, prices get higher (a kg could be sold up to 180 euros) and higher as well as the waves they have to face daily.

The short documentary is, at the moment, in process of editing.