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How to Dig a Geoduck (shovel)

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Uploaded on Apr 21, 2010

Alright this is a little tutorial on the two man railroad spike technique perfected by me and my Dad.

All you need is two people, two similarly shaped shovels, and a place to dig. Allign your shovels on the same side of the siphon about two inches to avoid accidental decapitation as you dig. With each person digging as straight down as possible in the same hole, alternate digs between each other, like the old mickey mouse cartoon beak-beak-beaking away on the railroad tracks. Be sure to keep the spade pointed straight down, avoiding the temptation to angle toward where you think the shell might be.

Remember the Geoduck is stuck in place. He (or she) cannot run. It is the sand you are racing against. If you dig straight down you decrease the chance of your own weight caving in the hole, and if you have two people, the water that might otherwise leak in and make that swampy soup that is almost impossible to penetrate with shovels, is eliminated by the quickness of the two people working in tandem.

After you get about three and a half feet deep (you can use your eyes to measure or you can place a piece of tape on the shaft of the shovel so that you will know when the tape reaches the beach level it is time to jump in) it is time to get dirty.

Reach in as far as you can and search for the shell through the wall of the hole you have dug. Once you feel it, if you can get your fingertips around the fleshy part that is protruding from within you will be able to shell from it's sandy home pretty easily.

When you get a good grip start to pull the shell out the way your hand went in. While your arm is down inside, the hole will most likely cave in around your arm. Try to hold the shell gingerly as you pull back up through the falling sand and water around your arm. Sometimes it will crack or possibly cut your hands/fingers. You can wear gloves for this, but I like to be able to feel where my hand is going when I am down there. Pull your arm out slowly and take lots of pictures of your dinner to show your friends.

Good luck and Happy Hunting!

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