Harpoon facts for kids
A harpoon is a long spear-like instrument used in fishing to catch fish or large marine mammals such as whales. It does this task by impaling the target animal, allowing the fishermen to use a rope or chain attached to the butt of the projectile to catch the animal. A harpoon can also be used as a weapon.
Typically, a harpoon for fishing has backwards-pointing barbs which stop the fish getting free.
Images for kids
Unaaq ᐅᓈᖅ, a harpoon used by Inuit, 172 cm (5.6 feet) long, MHNT
"Manner in which Natives of the East Coast strike turtle." Near Cooktown, Australia. From Phillip Parker King's Survey. 1818.
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