Shrimp fishing on horseback

By Michel VR [CC BY 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

Oostduinkerke, on the western end of Belgium’s short coastline, is known for its shrimpers on horseback, For nearly 700 years, the shrimpers of Oostduinkerke have been training draft horses to help them pursue the local catch through the cold waters of the North Sea.  Oostduinkerke is the last place on Earth to use this traditional form of fishing. Currently, just 19 fishermen continue the practice.

By Fernand Schreel – Dienst Pers & Com. – Gemeente Koksijde – gemeente Koksijde, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

By David EdgarOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

By Gertjan R.Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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