19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
"The Ancient Cormorant Fisherman"

The Cormorant Fishermen of the China's Li River might well be a romanticized relic of the past, but that doesn't make them an iota less photogenic. So, what is a cormorant fisherman? Well for thousands of years the fishermen and their cormorants on the Li River have had a symbiotic relationship. The fishermen tie a rope snare near the base of the bird's throat. When a cormorant catches a fish, the fisherman hauls the bird back to the boat via the rope and forces the bird to spit large fish up, but they are able to swallow the smaller fish. Bizarre, effective, and certainly memorable!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Xingping, China
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Jeff Stamer