Photographer's Note

There's an old joke which says that during the war a foreign army was about to attack our estuary because there was a huge fleet of submarines there. Well, those "submarines" are just "bateas": floating structures to grow mussels. Our mussels, by the way, are probably the best in the world because of the rich waters in Galician Atlantic rias. The mussels hang down in strings as you can see in the WS.
Traditionally, bateas have also been used to store and conceal illegal goods by smugglers; it used to be tobacco, but now it's mostly drugs.
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Hay un viejo chiste que dice que, durante la guerra, un ejrcito extranjero estuvo a punto de atacarnos porque haba una enorme flota de submarinos en la Ra. Bueno, los "submarinos" son simplemente bateas: estructuras flotantes para la cra del mejilln. Nuestros mejillones, por cierto, son probablemente los mejores del mundo debido a las aguas ricas en nutrientes de las ras atlnticas gallegas. Los mejillones cuelgan de cuerdas como se puede ver en el WS.
Los traficantes y contrabandistas siempre han usado las bateas para guardar y ocultar mercancas ilegales; antes era sobre todo tabaco (el "Winston de batea" an se sigue encontrando a la venta en muchos sitios); ahora es sobre todo droga.
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