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Kids learn about LI's maritime culture

Paul Ames, a master fishing rod maker, shows

Paul Ames, a master fishing rod maker, shows Ava Plataroti, 5, of Dix Hills how to reel in a fish at the Long Island Children's Museum exhibit, Saltwater Stories, "Tales From the Waterfront, Bay Houses and Whaling Ships"(Jan. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

  In a room of the Long Island Children's Museum that smelled intensely of fish, 11 baymen explained their trade Sunday to young museum patrons who wanted to know: How do you tell a boy crab from a girl crab? What do fish eat? Can I hear the ocean in this shell?

The baymen were there at the behest of Nancy Solomon, a folklorist with Long Island Traditions, a Port Washington nonprofit group working to preserve the region's maritime culture, for the first leg of a three-weekend program at the museum, in East Garden City, called Saltwater Stories.

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