Cormorant fishing in China by Peter Yan (Instagram : @yantastic)

Cormorant fishing is an old fishing tradition in China (and Eastern Asia too) that dates back to the 7th century. According to that practice that nowadays is almost forgotten and primarily used to amuse travelers (like gondolas in Venice), a fisherman trains his cormorants to catch fish. The bird flies over a lake or river in order to catch the fish. The trained bird does not swallow her catch but brings back to the fisherman in her mouth.

Peter Yan (Instagram: @yantastic) is an Australia based photographer of Chinese origin. His shots as well as the interview to about cormorant fishing boiled the interest in the Instagram community to the almost forgotten Chinese tradition.


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