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Fishing is an important livelihood for the Irulas. They fish in shallow waters after sunset, using a device the ootha. After sunset, the fish stop moving and are closer to the top of water surface. The Irula men use a torch to walk around in the shallow lake beds. They use the ootha and trap the fish within the ootha's wide mouth. They remove the trapped fish and transfer them with hand, into water-filled containers or plastic bags. Fishing is carried out mainly on Saturday nights, so they can sell the fresh fish on Sunday mornings. Night time fishing is fraught with risks of snake and venomous insect bites.
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A day in the life of Irulas
Fishing is an important livelihood for the Irulas. They fish in shallow waters after sunset, using a device the ootha.  After sunset, the fish stop moving and are closer to the top of water surface. The Irula men use a torch to walk around in the shallow lake beds. They use the ootha and trap the fish within the ootha's wide mouth. They remove the trapped fish and transfer them with hand, into water-filled containers or plastic bags. Fishing is carried out mainly on Saturday nights, so they can sell the fresh fish on Sunday mornings. Night time fishing is fraught with risks of snake and venomous insect bites.