Scallop Skuffle on the High Seas:
British and French scallop dredgers off the coast of Normandy are slinging more than insults across the decks of their fishing vessels. About 40 French trawlers allegedly threw rocks and flares at five UK fishing boats for dredging scallops too early in the season. The British responded by putting on their Union Jack sweaters and mooning the French.
Both British and French trawling of the waters is expected to continue through November despite international marine negotiations among officials to try and solve the scuttlebutt.
"They are pillaging the scallop grounds," one French trawler owner told France 3. "We work intelligently, preserving the scallop population. We let them lay eggs in May and leave them to fatten over the summer. But others are coming to reap a profit. That's not right."