June 24, 2014

Solomon Shark Hunters Facts

  • There are thought to be over 1,000 species of reef fish in the Solomon Islands.

  • The official language of the Solomon Islands is English.

  • While sharks populations are threatened in many parts of the world, the islanders featured in this episode only hunt sharks for subsistence. They work with a non-profit to monitor their waters.

  • While it’s part of their long history, shark hunting is not a regular activity for the Reef Island community that Hazen visited. It’s very dangerous and is often done for special occasions.

  • The coconut crab is found in the reef islands and is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world.

  • The islanders Hazen visited are careful to only eat mature coconut crabs to keep the population sustainable.

  • Dried breadfruit, known as nanubo and pronounced nambo is a Reef Island speciality. If stored properly, the fruit can then still be eaten a year later and is a reliable crisis food.

  • The Solomon Islands are a double chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in a region known as Melanesia.

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