A haul of black fish and sea hogs - smaller specimens of the whale family - was recently filmed by Visnews off the coast of Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.
Top GV The small port of Kawana
LV Pan Fishing boats at sea.
LV Fisherman playing out net
SV Fisherman beating sea with Bamboo poles.
LV Fins of porpoise showing above water
LV Fishermen beating water.
lv Boats driving porpoise towards beach.
sv Fishermen jump into water to catch porpoise.
CU Fisherman places rope around porpoise
SV Porpoise being hauled on to beach.
CU Men struggling in water with porpoise.
CU Man holding porpoise.
CU Fisherman on back of porpoise.
CU Spectators on beach.
SV Fishermen cutting up porpoise on edge of water.
SV Men hauling fish on to beach.
CU Pieces of porpoise being hauled up beach
GV Porpoise being hauled up beach.
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Background: A haul of black fish and sea hogs - smaller specimens of the whale family - was recently filmed by Visnews off the coast of Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.
At the news of a large school of fish swarming off the little port of Kawana, local fishermen rowed out in their boats to encircle the fish and to herd them into the shallow basin of the harbour.
Beating the surface with bamboo poles some 400 fishermen spread a long drag-net across the mouth of the port.
Braving the winter cold, young men jumped into the water and tied ropes to the fishes' tails and heads.
After a tense struggle - black fish are about eight yards in length and weight 1.5 tons - 200 black fish and 100 sea hogs were hauled in.
Sea hogs are caught here every year, but it was the first time in ten years that black fish were netted.