MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
Some fishermen in China and Japan use trained cormorants on leashes to catch fish.
- Cormorant fishing is a practice dating back to roughly 960 AD
- The fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird’s throat to stop it from swallowing the larger fish
- When the cormorant catches a fish, its brought back to the boat and spits the fish up
- Today, cormorant fishing is mostly used as a tourist attraction
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.