Millions of people the world over sit down to eat an egg at breakfast each day, but how many realise that the egg-shell may have a romantic past, dating back more than 10,000 years when a shift in terrestrial contours brought death to millions of Danish oysters.
GV PAN Mountains of oyster shells.
SV Dredger at work bringing up shells.
LV Oyster shells poured into barge.
SV Barge pulls away.
LV Dredger at work.
SV Barge enroute for shore.
SV Barges tied up at shore.
LV Crane scoops oyster shells from barge.
LV Mountains of oyster shells.
LTV..Man walks past mountain.
SV Bulldozer at base of mountain.
SV Some of the shells are transported into shed.
SCU..Man inside shed fills sacks with shell.
SCU..Sacks are sealed.
LV Wheeled away.
SV Man feeds chickens.
SV Girl bangs breakfast eggs.
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Background: Millions of people the world over sit down to eat an egg at breakfast each day, but how many realise that the egg-shell may have a romantic past, dating back more than 10,000 years when a shift in terrestrial contours brought death to millions of Danish oysters.
The land movement engulfed the unsuspecting creatures in brackish water, which proved fatal. Ever since, the oysters have lain under the water near Fredriksund, Denmark, forming an almost unlimited, and very rare deposit of Valuable oyster shell.
Fredriksund now has a thriving industry engaged in retrieving the shells from the water, drying it out and crushing it. The resulting oyster grit forms an essential part of the diet of chickens - enabling them to produce egg-shell - and is exported in large quantities to Europe and North America.
Around the two shell-grinding factories lie vast heaps of oysters waiting to be dried and crushed. There are only two other similar factories in the world, - in southern states of the U.S.A.