THE STANDARD STOOP
Unlike the previous “Scooper,” this particular sheller is in no hurry at all. She leisurely scours the coast in a very calm and deliberate manner for hours at a time, taking exceptional care to scan the abundant deposits of shells, disregarding a multitude of them before deciding on a solitary gem.
At that point, she makes a perfect bend at the waist to pluck the cherished shell and place it in her empty pocket. Visitors and tourists often try to imitate this unhurried style, but they usually lack the patience and unerring eye to be a true Standard Stooper. These pretenders can be spotted fairly easily. They are too anxious to gather massive amount of shells— as quickly as possible. Calm and careful, they’re not.
Methodical and measured marks this precise style. And it’s harder than it looks.