The Stilt Fishermen Of Sri Lanka (PHOTOS)

August 4, 2014 9:24 PM

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The Stilt Fishermen Of Sri Lanka (PHOTOS)

For 30 kilometers along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, between the towns of Unawatuna and Weligama, fishermen such as Sunil Nishanti sit motionless on wooden stilts a few dozen meters from the shoreline.

The technique may be unique, but it is a fairly recent innovation, first adopted just after the Second World War when fishing spots on rocks and cliffs along the coast became too crowded. Men started fishing from the wrecks of boats and aircraft left behind by the war, then some of them moved to sti...

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