In Tahiti, fishing isn’t just a pastime, it’s a pillar of Tahitian culture and community. Tahitians don’t just live to fish, they need fishing to live. And as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, which has led Tahitians to develop fishing styles unique to the island.
This week, “World of Adventure” brings viewers out to Tahiti for a ride along on a traditional Tahitian fishing vessel known as a “poti marara.”
The Poti marara — which translates from traditional Maori as “the boat that catches flying fish” — was invented in the late 1950s as a way for Tahitian fishermen to skillfully hunt fish in the open ocean.
Widely recognized for its unconventional steering system, the poti marara replaces a traditional boat steering wheel with a device that looks like an oversized joy stick to allow captains to pilot their boats with one hand while using a spear in the other hand to harpoon fish, like mahi mahi.
Admire the technical skill required for the Tahitian fishermen to smoothly direct a boat while simultaneously hunting for a prized catch, and then plan your next fishing trip.
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