If you had asked me a week ago if it was relatively easy to catch wild shrimp by hand, I would have given you a real roll of the eyebrows. But I would have been dead wrong. :) One of our first stops on the tour of Coron last week was Kayangan Lake, a stunningly beautiful lake that has a high mineral content and slightly salty water, which makes me wonder if it is somehow linked to the sea. I did a post on it a couple of years ago, here. We reached the lake at about 745am, about 15 minutes BEFORE it officially opens. The caretakers are pretty nice and allowed us to start the climb to get to the lake despite the early hour, and with no other bancas in sight, I knew we would have the lake to ourselves for some time. There were seven people total in our group and after wading in the cool waters of the lake, we stood gingerly on the sharp rocks near the dock. The Teen noticed that something crawled over her foot and she jumped back into the water, and we bent over to inspect the rocks more closely…
Imagine our surprise and delight when we spotted shrimp that were about 2-3 inches long, scurrying over the rocks, or peering at us from darkened nooks and crannies! We had brought along some bread to feed fish and decided to see if shrimp could be fed as well. Yup, they like pan de sal. And lots and lots of shrimp started coming out of their hiding places to have a taste of bread! The shrimp were incredibly trusting, scurrying over our feet, legs, palms, arms, etc. It was a bit disconcerting to have them on your skin, but we were all amazed to be witnessing these shrimp up close and personal. I hope it wasn’t a bad thing to feed them some bread.
We managed to “catch” several of the shrimp by gently grasping their bodies, but after a quick photo placed them right back in the water. Maybe the shrimp were used to the tourists and they were well aware that their antics could result in an easy meal, but we were amused nonetheless.
And just so you get a glimpse of what effort is sometimes required to get the photos for a post on this blog, one of our group had to position himself gingerly on a rock with some bread, the teen is in the water on the lookout for shrimp and I am bent over with my camera taking dozens of shots hoping that some of them will turn out well. One slip on the sharp rocks and there goes the camera… Some of you might be wondering why I thought this experience worth posting about. While it may seem inconsequential to most, it is precisely little moments like these, enjoyed with family, friends and wonderful crew, that are burned into my personal memory banks and which will give me pleasure again and again until a giant shrimp eats me or I otherwise depart this planet for other destinations… :)