Business: Worms

On the Southern coast of Maine between Portland and Penobscot Bay, scores of tidal inlets snake from the sea between mud-flat peninsulas, crab-haunted and reedy. In these shallows live salt water worms by the billion, more worms than can be found in any similar region on the Atlantic Coast. For years Maine clamdiggers made a sideline of digging worms for bait, considered them chiefly a damnuisance because during the breeding season from April to June salt water blood-worms sting like bees. Then somebody discovered that when properly packed the worms would stay alive...

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