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India's Ingenious Fishing Contraptions


These huge fishing contraptions are called Cheena Vala, or Chinese fishing nets. Made of 30-foot bamboo poles, they came into use in India somewhere around 1350 to 1450 AD. Deputy dog takes a closer look at these marvels of engineering, with videos of the nets in action. http://deputy-dog.com/2008/10/indias-ingenious-fishing-contraptions.html

(image credit: ezee 123 aka Anoop Negi)

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I seen this recently on a program. The reason they are called 'Chinese Nets' is because Ming Dynasty fleet brought them to India 1:32 this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH2eg81DEtg&feature=related
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Why is this particularly ingenious? This type of fishing contraption is in use elsewhere than in India...right? Fishermen have always been pretty darn smart. Necessity has always been the mother of, as they say.
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Cool, yet for some reason I think I've also seen these implemented in South East Asia as well in a few National Geo magazines. Either way. Great designing all around to make this work. :)
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