Spear Hunting

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, June 13, 2010

We had a thrilling day!  An aborigine from the Kuku Yalanji tribe named Linc taught us how to hunt with a spear and showed us where to find food among the mangroves.  We started by practicing throwing our spears at a coconut.  With target practice complete, we headed out to the mangroves.  There we searched for mussels, snails, and periwinkles.  We both collected a snail and several periwinkles.  Next they showed us how to hunt crabs.  As we waded through the water, we were supposed to watch the sand for crabs crawling along the bottom.  When we saw one, we were supposed to spear it.  Sounds pretty simple, right?  Wrong.  The water was very murky and it was very difficult to see to the bottom, despite it being quite shallow.  If you don't see any, there's not a lot you can do.  Mrs. Swearingen thought the seeing part would have been the easy part, but was very bad at it! Ms. Thompson saw a couple actually and even touched one with her spear, but it got away. As we waded around, wanting so bad to spear a crab, our hunt was coming to an end.  Too bad we didn't get any crabs, but at least we got snails and periwinkles. 

Suddenly, Ms. Thompson spotted a small crab crawling along the sand.  She quickly raised her arm and lowered her spear swiftly, trapping the crab against the sand, but not spearing it.  Worried that pulling it out and trying it again would allow the crab to escape, she called Mrs. Swearingen over.  Together, they worked at holding the crab and spearing it.  The soft area of the crab was only about one inch across, so it was a pretty small target.  Finally Ms. Thompson delivered the fatal blow, and triumphantly lifted her spear with the crab on the end.  Success!  Ms. Thompson had caught her very own crab using only a spear! 

When we returned to our Linc's home, we ate lunch, eating the crab, mussels, snails, and periwinkles we had just caught.  The crab was definitely the tastiest. Then Linc demonstrated playing the didgeridoo for us.  Next it was our turn.  Ms. Thompson tried first.  Hers sounded pretty funny, not the nice sound Linc had made.  But she was able to improve her tone a bit.  Next Mrs. Swearingen tried.  Hers sounded more like she cut the cheese than she was playing an instrument! We had a wonderful time, but we had to keep moving, on to the next adventure...
Slideshow Report as Spam
  • Your comment has been posted. Click here or reload this page to see it below.

  • You must enter a comment
  • You must enter your name
  • You must enter a valid name (" & < > \ / are not accepted).
  • Please enter your email address to receive notification
  • Please enter a valid email address


Julie on

Way to go Ms. Thompson!!! I'll have to show my dad the spear pic...he will surely be impressed:)

fftaustralia on

Thank you! I was so excited that I got one!!

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: