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Flowing around the world

For Lens Artists Photo Challenge: River.

Cormorant Fishing

Our relationships to Animals includes many types of interactions. A lot of times when I think about animals it is my cat, or my puppy friends. Tonight we watched traditional cormorant fishermen from the banks of the Nagara River in Gifu City, Japan, an off-beat example of working animals…and prey.

To quote the sightseeing map “Cormorant fishing master in grass skirt comically combined with an ancient headgear for court dress. While manipulating strings to control multiple cormorants who capture sweetfishes between their sharp beaks, a triune fishing by boat, master and cormorants can be achieved. This is a traditional fishing method survived longer than 1300 years.”