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Pictured: Fishermen sit patiently on stilts in the sea. <br />
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Fishermen sit patiently on stilts in the sea waiting for swarms of fish to pass underneath them close to the shore.<br />
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The 10ft tall stilts are secured into the sand like crucifixes made from sticks and twine.<br />
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Food shortages and overcrowded fishing spots prompted men some 70 years ago to adapt and begin fishing on the water off Koggala, a small coastal town in Sri Lanka.<br />
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The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta, which is tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few metres offshore.<br />
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The men then cast their rods out every day, from dawn until dask, in the hope of providing for their families with fish including spotted herring or small mackerel. SEE OUR COPY FOR MORE DETAILS. <br />
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