Photographer's Note

Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China from around 960 AD, and recorded from other places throughout the world.

To control the birds, the fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird's throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish in its throat, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up. Though cormorant fishing once was a successful industry, its primary use today is to serve the tourism industry.

It is very interesting to observe them, but it is rather sad to see the birds worked so hard at catching the fishes, at the end to get pulled back by the fisherman and made to spit out all the fishes. It’s like you were so hungry and you get to put food in your mouth and before you get to actually eat it, someone forces you to spit it all out.

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