hand harvesting scallops


Sailors are generally a friendly and sympathetic bunch.  And by sympathetic, I mean to the woes of boat life and the toll that weeks of life on the hard can take.  So, when our neighbors invited us to take a break and come aboard for an adventure, we didn’t hesitate.

We take our first plunge into the frigid New Zealand sea and go on a mission to collect our lunch from the bottom of the ocean floor!  Plus we finish our day off with a tour of their 52′ Chincogan Catamaran. It’s a beautiful (and chilly) adventure.

Surprisingly, the gonads were just as delightful as the scallop muscle itself.  I did a little research and couldn’t find a solid conclusion as to why we’ve never been served them before.  Other than it doesn’t freeze well.  But, if there is a restauranteur or commercial fisherman that knows the answer, please fill us in.

Huge thanks to Rick and Vicki for the invite and for allowing us to bring all of you along for the ride.




Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (24)

  • Richard Fenters

    So, how did the roe and gonads taste? Not sure I would want to eat those parts…

  • Roger Cox

    Several things are better in the boating community than others that can be compared.
    1. People have something to share in the shared experience. This is a pivotal point. You were invited into the connection the two people had today. It was enabled by going diving together, gathering food together and eating together. This enable a far higher level of communication without words. The bandwidth was far higher. The quality of the connection was improved greatly. Why? Shared experiences of the day. And this experience was captured and shared naturally. TY.
    2. This connection is not unique among boaters. There is an unseen web of connection that comes from repeated versions of item 1. It becomes a way of life and an expectation of good in the life.
    My view. Great way to live a life.

  • Alan Solomon

    Thanks for this video.
    I believe I have eaten scallops before, not sure though.
    However this was a little to close for my comfort. Especially seeing them jumping around or swimming away in the pail. Not the best way for me or my first choice to consume scallops. That is just mwa. Very nice, giving people though. Nice, big, comfortable boat they have. Thanks for including all of us as you always do.

  • Mark Davis

    80 degree water is almost too cold for me! You two are tough! How do those type of scallops compare?

  • Kris the Celt

    Only found your channel the day you sailed to NZ and now look forward to my late Sunday when each installment arrives. Brought back so many memories when I sailed the northland waters but alas somewhat now land locked in Australia. May have missed it from an earlier episode but what are your plans once your back in the water?

  • craig hayman

    Great video, if you want a great tramp (walk) just up from the bay you were in (Smugglers bay) is the Bream Head Scenic Reserve (Smugglers to ocean beach walk ) up Mt Lyon. Good idea to have a car at the other end as its a long day otherwise. We are happy to go with you if you want a guide (the track is easy to follow if you want to do it during the week). Did you enjoy the row? Different people enjoy different parts – we have had visitors to NZ ask to keep our discards so they could cook it in a fritter. Next you need to try a fresh Kina. Nga Mihi.

  • Mike S

    Interesting that this vid is just released but your actually back in US with Curiosity current location showing in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. I guess I hadn’t realized that there was that much of a delay between when the material was actually shot and the actual release date etc. Glad you made the trip back from NZ safely.

    • Curious Minion

      They are not in the U.S. and the scallop adventure was almost real-time video. The AIS ping is from some old equipment that was removed from Curiosity and probably scavenged by someone working at Just Cats. It should have been wiped before the Wynns removed it, but it wasn’t.
      Curious Minion

  • Jeanette Brennan

    What awesome neighbors you have – so kind and generous – a great community all round. Thanks for info on the scallops – wow! Keep plugging away at your ‘to do’ list so you can be ready to relaunch Curiosity as soon the weather warms up. Stay safe and have fun! 💖⛵️🙏

  • Nicola Nunns

    Wow – an hour is way more than I’d manage at the moment! The ultimate is fresh scallops with hot sauce on the shore just after you’ve caught them whilst they’re still kicking. Lovely to see you are making the most of NZ waters and hopefully we are all out of lockdown soon

  • Michael

    I’m very surprised. For a fish-eating vegetarian (pescatarian), you sure went to the far other end of the flesh-eating spectrum. Scavengers! Holy cow!

    You said it yourself, it is a filter animal. They filter out all the poisons and then people consume them and put that concentrated waste product into their bodies. Ever had a vulture? At least they are cleaner.

    • Wendy Weaver

      Michael –

      More than a bit judgmental in your comment and its wording?

      Scallops are NOT scavengers. “Filtering” refers to the method used for eating – scallops, clams, oysters, many whales – remove food from water that flows through the animal. Scallops are not the sea equivalent of a vulture.

      There are several different types of shellfish toxins associated with naturally occurring marine algae that can accumulate in bivalve molluscan shellfish like clams, oysters and mussels. Marine toxins are not ordinarily a problem in scallops if only the adductor muscle is consumed. However, products such as roe-on scallops and whole scallops do present a potential hazard for natural toxins. The following information on the four shellfish toxins that are most likely to be encountered in the U.S. is adapted from the FDA Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guide. . .

      The following tips can help reduce potential risks associated with fish and shellfish toxins.
      – Buy clams, oysters, and mussels from a reputable dealer.
      – Use caution if you harvest bivalve shellfish or tropical reef fish yourself. Obey posted warnings and check with local authorities to verify that the waters are certified for fish or shellfish harvesting before you harvest them or decide to eat them.
      – Handle fish properly. Keep seafood below 40°F at all times using ice or adequate refrigeration. This is especially important for species like tuna, mackerel, bluefish, mahi-mahi, jacks, herring and marline whether you purchase them or catch them yourself.

      • Michael

        Decades ago, Jacques-Yves Cousteau stated he would no longer eat anything coming out of the ocean. That would be my first consideration when thinking about a healthy diet. Further, shellfish are not fish but are scavengers because they are bottom feeders. Whales are not because they eat plankton or other fish directly. They do not actually filter the water; they just screen out the food. Big difference.

  • Mary Van

    Oh how I love scallops! I have never seen the rest of the meat on a scallop. How was it? I will have to put that on my list!

    Looks like a nice day! The days will start to get warmer so finish up those chores so you can get out and play! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Cameron Rollf

    I own a 50’ Sea Ray, but I spent two weeks on a 60’ cat in the Bahamas.

    I would love a cat but isn’t it hard to find a marina for a slip?

    I berth at Cabrillo Way in San Pedro and they don’t have any end ties.

    If you go to a small harbor with just moorings, is it hard to get a mooring?

    I love scallops!!!!

  • Fred Blanton

    Most fantastic view of things you would never see. Makes me want to clean up my Cal T4

  • Louanna Davis

    That was so interesting. I didn’t know all that about scallops so today I learned something. Thank you for taking the time to share with the rest of us home bound folks that can’t do what your doing. We love Sunday’s just waiting for you to post. Be safe. We love you guys.

  • Paul Reynolds

    How is the allergy treatment proceeding and going ?


    Don’t know if you got to try some scallops raw, but if not, do yourselves a favor. We had the good fortune to be taken scalloping in NZ by a wonderful gentleman with a commercial license who dropped a dredge off the back of his small power boat and winched up several dozen at a time. We cleaned them off the back of the boat and immediately ate the muscles raw (no roe etc) rinsed off with sea water. We were unsure at first, but after the first one, we could not stop! Delicious! Some of the best sushi/sashimi I have ever had. Will never forget it.

  • Michael Laudenslager

    What a wonderful adventure, and about as fresh a scallop as one could have! Loved the video. Thanks for sharing this Mr. and Mrs W!! Oh yea….how were the roe and the gonads?!?

  • Frank Chapman

    Is there a way to watch the videos in order? Also I’d be interested in the specs of your mom’s vanlife van.


    • Curious Minion

      The easiest way is to head over to the GWTW playlist page on YT and there’s a playlist called “Sailing Around the World/ALL” that has all the sailing vids. You can sort it oldest to newest to watch in order.

      Mary’s van is an Airstream Atlas with the Murphy Bed Suite. For more about the accessories Nikki and Jason installed for her, check out this blog post:
      Curious Minion

    • Mary Van

      Mom is touring in the north east seeing the beautiful colors of Fall and visiting family. It is an incredible time to be here! I am grateful for the weather we have had.

  • Ian Wood

    So glad your friendly neighbours took you out for the day, and gave you a break from life on the hard – very sweet!


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