The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Octopus lure

A Tongan octopus lure used in Fiji, with a stone core surrounded by tiger cowrie shells and a wooden 'tail' to resemble a rat. The lure would be lowered on a coconut fibre cord into places on the reef where octopus were likely to be found. Once an octopus had attacked the lure it would be gently pulled to the surface and caught.

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