Viewfinder: Wading in the Shallows



I traveled to Point Calimere, a wildlife and bird sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, India, with the Davidson in India semester abroad program. One early morning right after sunrise, while bird watching, we were fortunate to come across this fisherman catching shrimp. People in the region have had to adjust from forestry, the traditional livelihood, which is widely prohibited today. Aside from abundant salt pans, fishing has become the main source of income and nutrition. With few resources available to them, local fishermen and women wade in the shallow swamp water and catch shrimp with their bare hands or a hand-held net, as you can see in the photo.


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