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Bruce Steeves uses a lantern while dip netting for elvers on a river in southern Maine. Elvers are young, translucent eels that are born in the Sargasso Sea and swim to freshwater lakes and ponds where they grow to adults before returning to the sea.

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A fisherman catches elvers on a river in southern Maine.

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A handful of elvers are displayed by a buyer in Portland, Maine. The baby eels are shipped to Asia where they will grow to adults and be consumed as a delicacy.

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Elver fishermen set up a net on the bank of river in southern Maine. The baby eels are fetching more than $2,000 a pound this year.

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A buyer in Portland, Maine, squeezes water from a net of elvers.

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