s h r i m p f i s h i n g o n h o r s e b a c k
Shrimp fishing on horseback is a traditional way of fishing on the North Sea coast and added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Only a few people in Oostduinkerke, Belgium are actively engaged in this fishing technique. Once or twice a week, except during winter months, the fishermen and their strong Brabant draft horses walk breast-deep in the surf of the North Sea coast. They manoeuvre parallel to the coastline, and pull funnel-shaped nets held open by two wooden boards. A chain is dragged over the sand, which creates vibrations, and this causes the shrimps to jump into the net. The catch is then placed in baskets hanging at the horses sides. Afterwards the shrimps are cooked in the vicinity of the beach.