National Geographic : 1926 Feb
FISHING FOR PEARLS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN 177 INSIDE TIIE KOTTU In this bamboo inclosure are many numbered booths, and into these the crews carry their shells, each to the booth corresponding to the number of his boat. Photographs by Plate, Ltd. REMOVING OYSTERS FROM THE KOTTU The divers are immediately surrounded by natives anxious to buy in small quantities. The government's share of shells (two-thirds) is auctioned off in the evening in lots of I,ooo.