In addition to land animals and plants, Aboriginal people hunt and fish a range of marine and freshwater species. Coastal people hunt sharks, dolphins, rays, turtles and marine fish. In the north they hunt saltwater crocodiles, and dugong (sea cows) which feed on sea grasses in shallow waters. In the past, whales were also eaten, perhaps after becoming stranded on beaches. Inland, freshwater streams provide not only fish, but turtles, eels, freshwater crocodiles, and a range of freshwater prawns and crayfish (yabbies etc).


Marine Fishing and Hunting by Coastal People
Coastal people use the following fishing methods in marine (sea) waters:

Two men on their outrigger canoe, fishing.
Cairns, 1890s.
Photograph from 17 Years Wandering Among the Aboriginals.
Fishing. Cairns

Fishing in Freshwater Streams
Methods of catching fish and other creatures in freshwater streams in the present and past include:

Russell River
Spearing fish, Babinda Creek. A man with his two sons are in the water and two women sit on rocks on the far bank.
Photograph from 17 Years Wandering Among the Aboriginals



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