Chinese fishermen employing an ancient Mongol fishing technique have built an enormous 'Great Wall' of frozen fish to celebrate yet another excellent catch.
All in all it's just a... 'nother fish in the wall. One of roughly 2,000 finned flagstones, we might add, but don't get your gills in a bind: these fresh-frozen fish are destined to be tasted, not wasted.
The 10-meter long by 2-meter tall (about 33 feet by 6.5 feet) wall of walleye is merely a creative way to keep the catch on ice, as it were, before being sent on for further processing into filets, farm-animal foods, and fertilizer.
The wall also acts as a morale-booster for local fishermen in China's chilly Jilin province, where temperatures plunge in winter time and fishing on frozen-over Chagan Lake becomes difficult.
The fishermen use a time-honored method dating from ancient times to get around Mother nature's roadblocks, however. After drilling a large number of holes through the lake's thick coating of ice, a large fishnet is set in place beneath the ice.
The method is remarkably effective: in 2009 the fishermen set a Guinness World Record for single-net fishing that yielded a whopping 168,500 kg (371,500 lb) of fish, shattering the previous record they had set in 2006.
Chagan Lake is the only remaining location where this ancient Mongol fishing method is still used. Known as the “Chagan Naoer Winter Fishing Tradition”, the practice has been listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China, and publicized through an annual Winter Fishing Festival.