This is kivayu island in northeastern Kenya, where several fishermen are fishing, holding a harpoon in one hand and a line in the other, and a fish at the other end of the line.
People who see this situation for the first time must think that this is a fish caught by fishermen, but in fact, this fish is actually a partner of fishermen, a fish specially used for fishing.
Located at the northernmost tip of Africa's Lamu Islands, Kivayu Island is a large island with very little resource and even scarce fresh water, so there is not much food to grow, and people can only live by fishing.
They've been figuring out how to fish for thousands of years, and this fishing method is their unique technique, and they use this fish called Remora to catch large fish on the ocean floor.
And those who are proficient in this technique, known as "vampire hunters", are respected by people.
Whenever the weather clears, it is the day when the fishermen of the island go out hunting, and the men gather together and set off in wooden boats, which are the simplest and most primitive sailing boats, without propellers, relying only on a sail and the pulp in the hands of fishermen.
A few hours later, they came to the fixed sprinkling point and put away the fishing nets they had been in the past few days, and the catch was very good, two sailfish, both expected to be more than a meter long, although they did not catch large cargo, but they were much better than the Air Force.
After packing up the two sailfish, the fishermen put the nets down again and moved on, and the real fishing officially began.
As there were fewer and fewer fish near the island, they had to travel farther and deeper, taking at least a few days to go out to sea each time, and as the color of the sea grew darker, they finally came to their destination, and looked around, surrounded by a vast sea, and not a trace of the shadow of the land could be seen.
This is the stage for vampire hunters, who have removed several cages from the cabin and contained remora fish.
Remola is a blood-sucking fish that is slender in stature with a flattened head and a suction cup on top. When it finds a target, it will quickly swim under it, use the suction cup on its head to suck tightly, suck its blood, and when the host is no longer able, it will find the next host, and the fishermen will use this characteristic of it to catch fish.
There was a cartilage behind Remora's tail, and the vampire hunter took out the rope and slipped it in, and they all seemed cautious throughout the process, afraid of hurting Remora.
Remora is not numerous on the island, and a remorrah must undergo long-term training and running-in to become a professional hunting master, so each remora is extremely precious and even has its own name.
After the rope was tied, the hunter gently held Remora in the water, only to see it swing its tail and disappear into the sea at once, at this time, the vampire hunter could only judge Remora's condition underwater by the movement of the rope.
Vampire hunters take a hard look at the feedback from the rope, all with experience.
The other fishermen began paddling their oars and followed Remora under the command of the hunters.
All the fishermen gave up talking, only the sound of the oars breaking through the water, people are silently looking forward to it, although it sounds very good, but to find the right fish in the vast sea, the difficulty is actually very high, and it is common to lose your hand.
A few hours later, the rope in the hunter's hand suddenly moved tremendously, and with experience, the hunter knew that Remora had found the target, and the already slightly tired crowd suddenly came to the spirit.
Feeling the feedback from the rope again, the hunter commanded the rest of the crew, jumped into the water, and dived to the bottom of the water, only to see a giant ray struggling below, remorra was clinging to it, and he quickly surfaced to tell everyone the good news.
The fishermen who heard the news were excited, but this was not the time to relax, at this time the rays were energetic, the success rate of the catch was too low, and they had to wait until the rays were exhausted and weak.
After half an hour, the movement of the rays began to slowly become smaller, and the time was ripe.
But at this time, the rays are still on the bottom of the sea, and there is no movement on the surface of the sea, and only the direction can be roughly determined. But it was enough for them to immediately pull out the net and start fishing.
For the first time nothing was caught;
Then the second time;
Half an hour later, inside the fishing net that had been pulled up, lay a giant ray, remora clinging to his snow-white belly, and the hunter cut off the part of the skin that was stuck with a knife and carefully put Remora back into the cage.
The ray is not small, the flesh on its body is enough for them to enjoy, the fishermen sweep away the previous fatigue, row back, tomorrow is another challenging day.
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