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A disturbing fact about the Cormorants’ history is that they were exploited for their fishing skills by fishermen. In China, Japan, and Macedonia a knot was tied near the base of the bird’s throat, which allowed the bird only to swallow small fish. When the bird captured and tried to swallow a larger fish, the fish was caught in the bird’s throat. When the bird returned to the fisherman’s raft, the fisherman “helped” the bird to remove the fish from its throat.
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