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St. Louis is known for its large
fishing community. The beaches are always covered with
can find boat builders on the beaches working to meet the demand.
The fishermen paint their vessels with the names of their favorite
"marabou" or Muslim holy man. This ceremony is
said to protect the fishermen who can go out for 4-5 days or more on the
open ocean on one fishing trip. During these trips the
fishermen will actually cook on open fires in their
boats. These fires have, in some cases, gotten out of
control and burned the boats.
use many technologies in their trade including nets and
traps. In the picture at the
right, one can see a trap designed to catch squid. The entrances
are shaped like funnels where the squid have no problem going into the
trap to eat the piece of fish put inside for bait but to find the way
back out is very hard.
there aren't boats on the beach, one finds racks for drying and smoking fish.
Enterprising costal residents set up bars on the sand to
quench the thirsts of passing fishermen and beachcombers.
bridge joining the mainland and the strip of land on which lies
part of St. Louis town.
cemetery. This fisherman's family chose to appropriately
decorate his tombstone with seashells.