FISHING LASTING (TUNARAMA)
It is far from news that the inhabitants of planet Earth are foolishly invented. And this is not about some crazy ideas that have not found a place in society, but rather have gained general recognition. This directly affects the field of sports, where there are a variety of national competitions. One of these is throwing. Just not easy. Give people just an excuse to throw something like that away and compete in this. So in the form of sport, which will be discussed further, namely, throwing fish at a distance or a festival under the name “Tunarama”. It is held in Australia and is very popular among the national population.
WHAT’S THE POINT?The essence of the competition is to throw tuna carcasses weighing about 8-10 kilograms. One goal: throw the fish as far as possible. The technique is very similar to throwing a core, since the shell is very similar. Throwing raw fish is very problematic, therefore, before the competition, all fish are frozen and wrapped with a rope so that there is something to tackle. Hundreds of participants come to the competition, and a similar influx is explained by one fact – the prize amount for the first place is $ 7,000. Such an argument makes you think.
The official name for range throwing competitions is called Tunarama and its homeland is hot Australia. The name belongs more to the whole festival, which includes a similar contest, but which has become its highlight. And it all started in 1862. It was in this year that the first holiday was opened, which marked the beginning of tuna fishing and was listed as a family market with entertainment. But the type of competition from year to year has become increasingly popular and now about 30 thousand spectators come to the festival to watch the competition. There is no information about specific individuals who came up with this method of competition, but it is known for certain that it was invented in support of the fishing industry. The tuna throwing record was set in 1998, when the fish was thrown as much as 37.23 meters. Since then, the record has remained unsurpassed.
Until 2011, live tuna carcasses were used in competitions. But in recent years, conservationists have strongly condemned such treatment of aquatic living resources. Therefore, the organizers of the festival decided to replace live fish with a polyurethane copy, while maintaining weight and dimensions. According to the manager of the festival, Merivin Hor, such a choice will cease to harm the environment and in vain spoil the fish, as well as get rid of the oblique views of environmentalists and their supporters. Many participants in the competition did not accept this idea, arguing that the traditions are lost in this way. But the organizers went to meet the participants: for the first place at the festival, athletes still throw a living carcass of tuna. This option allowed the organizers to find a middle ground: not to cause strong discontent from the participants and from the side of environmentalists. But it is worth noting that the Japanese delegation did not even satisfy such an exit.
Due to the fact that the shape of the fish does not have aerodynamic features, the carcass of the fish flies not very well. In view of this, the record set in 1998 is not only a world record, but also a Guinness record.
In 2012, the 50th national festival of Tunarama was held, the prize fund of which was increased to $ 10,000. And, despite the fact that in 2011 competitions were held using mock-ups of fish carcasses, live fish was used in the anniversary festival. The following live fish competitions will be held on the 100th anniversary of the festival.