Spider Web Fishing in the South Pacific

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This fascinating video shows how South Pacific islanders from the Solomon Islands archipelago use webs spun by a particular species of spider to catch a particular species of fish. If you have adequate wifi support, you should watch this full-screen in high definition.

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When I lived in Palau I remember learning about the kite fishing that the islanders did, but I did not remember them using a web. Fascinating.

Supercool!! Needlefish are great in ceviche...

The spider and web shown appears to be a Cyrtophora sp. Earlier literature on traditional fishing in Pacific islands using spider webs usually point to the webs of Nephila spiders.

I found this video amazing,ive never seen such an interresting way to fish.

By Nicholas H. Gorski (not verified) on 11 Sep 2009 #permalink