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Daybreak at Sea: Lobstermen Get to Work at Early Light

Image: Sternman Brandon Demmons sends a lobster trap overboard at dawn off of Monhegan Island, off the coast of main
Sternman Brandon Demmons sends a lobster trap overboard at dawn off of Monhegan Island, more than 12 miles off the coast of Maine, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Brandon Demmons starts his day as a sternman aboard a lobster fishing boat a little earlier than most people, at 3:00 a.m. Arriving 45 minutes before the captain, Demmons prepares the ship with bait for a pre-dawn departure. Above, he sends a lobster trap overboard near Monhegan Island, more than 12 miles off the coast of Maine on Tuesday.

Image: Brandon Demmons hauls bait across a wharf at the start of his day as a sternman
Brandon Demmons hauls bait across a wharf at the start of his day as a sternman aboard a lobster fishing boat, on July 29. Robert F. Bukaty / AP