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A day in the Life on a Pearl Farm, part four

... continued from September 13th A Day in the LifeMy experience on a South Sea pearl farm in AustraliaBy Ahbra Perry of ‘On the Reel Productions.’ Down on the deck below, the divers have returned from their last trip of the day and everything is wrapping up.  A suspicious smell wafts up from the kitchen, likely canned spaghetti pie and meat lump.  I try not to breathe.  By the time I make it down to the main deck, everyone has vanished off to the showers, attempting to scrub off the daily layer of salt, or huddled in their bunks, trying to pick up enough Internet service for a few precious Skype moments with their significant other. One of the young...

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A day in the Life on a Pearl Farm, part three

... continued from September 9th A Day in the LifeMy experience on a South Sea pearl farm in AustraliaBy Ahbra Perry of ‘On the Reel Productions.’ Extreme skill and precision is precision is required when operating on an oyster.  This job is tasked to only the most masterful and reliable hands with years of training under their belt.  Every time the oyster is handled it is at risk.  Every step in the process of caring for this creature is important, but this step, implanting the seed, is the most crucial for the future of the pearl and the oysters’ survival.  The fate of the farm lies in the hands of these techs. Nucleating an oyster would be similar to performing...

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A day in the Life on a Pearl Farm, part two

... continued from September 4th A Day in the LifeMy experience on a South Sea pearl farm in AustraliaBy Ahbra Perry of ‘On the Reel Productions.’ After the quick break the Captain comes down and stirs everyone up.  The dive boats will hopefully return with a big catch of wild shell, so everyone must prepare the deck to receive it.  Tables are set up, pumps turned on, buckets are out, and nets are up.  In the blink of an eye, the crew dons goggles and gloves, each with a butcher knife in hand. The crew having fun listening to Bon Jovi while cleaning shell on deck With a loud bang, the first dive boat slams into the side of the...

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A day in the Life on a Pearl Farm, part one

A Day in the LifeMy experience on a South Sea pearl farm in AustraliaBy Ahbra Perry of 'On the Reel Productions.' The iPhone alarm rings faintly; even Siri is still half asleep.  There is rustling in the hallway.  Someone must be as confused as I am.  Hunched awkwardly in my cubbyhole of a bed, I pull open the porthole curtain to reveal dense blackness.  I begin to worry.  Maybe the ship began taking on water as I slept and we are now rapidly sinking, plunging deep below the surface of the ocean to a certain death, or worse- it’s really still that dark outside.  I grab my toothbrush, fall out of my person-pantry (ladders are of little use at this...

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