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Ha Long Bay Part 4 - Fresh Cuttlefish Deboning and Ha Long Bay Life

After visiting the caves, our little boat chugged along around the corner to visit what seemed like a focal point for a little fishing community within Ha Long Bay. A mini artificial island housing a building and some sunken net pools containing the catches of the day.

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A display of cuttlefish, larger grey fish and some smaller sea creatures and crustaceans populated the pools and plastic baskets, ready to be bought by passing trade and tourists.

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The cuttlefish were quite unusual for us and the net containing them was lined with what looked like lots of small, white picked onions, but which were eggs, judging by some of the amorous activities of a couple of them.

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There were also some fruit selling boats docked onto the island. Kids seem to always be part of the scenery with these boats and must be popular tourist photography subjects judging by this little girl's moody stare. Cute!

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Here's a video below showing a little of the mini fish market action. Whilst we were there, we were lucky that someone from another boat purchased one of the larger fishes and a cuttlefish. Towards the end, you can see the cuttlefish being prepared for cooking. It looks like its having its intestines and backbone ripped out...



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More photos on the Ha Long Bay life Flickr set


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