Apr 18, 2011
Copyright of this photo: Ardiles Rante
When the Japanese are wantonly driving modernization whalers to hunt on the ocean, a small island in Indonesia, there’s a group of fishermen who are fishing in tradition of Stone-Age, by using the most rudimentary tools to conquest whales and sharks in small wooden boats, they’re the last ‘pristine fishermen’ on earth.
In this island called Lembata in southern Indonesia, for the abominable natural conditions, it’s almost impossible to develop agriculture, people have to depend on fishing for living.
May to October each year is the fishing season, all village’s men set off by driving completely hand-built wooden boats, which is made of wood tied by palm leaves, without a nails or a piece of metal. Fishermen harpoon the whales with long spears like javelin with sharp iron head, and the rope made of palm leaves and plantfibres.
Each boat has an experienced captain, when they find the prey, he leaps from the boat and spears the shark in the head, then back to the boat, while others wrap the huge body of prey with ropes.
Of course, the big guy will not be seized without putting up a fight and will do everything in its power to wage a desperate struggle in the water, to conquer a 20-meter long sperm whale, they need at least six hours of fierce fighting. Every time he leaps the captain might never come back. It may be a cruel hunting, but, unlike the greedy modern whaling of Japan, local fishmen do it for survival, "we have no choice but to do it for a living."