Saturday, September 10, 2011
The ejaculating spoots of Arisaig.
The sea was still rough after the fresh early morning winds. I cut through the clapotis by the reefs but Donald in his boat had to take a wider line till we entered the quiet waters of Arisaig North Channel at low water springs.
The water spouts come from razor clams (spoots in local parlance), which live deep in the sands. The locals watch for the water jets then sprinkle salt round the small hole through which they come. A few seconds later the spoot pops up through the hole and is easily caught. They are delicious.
Eigg1 has produced an amazing video of catching spoots on the nearby island of Eigg!