Fish are friends & food

No criticism here of the things people in other countries eat or how livelihoods are earned in a developing country … but this was a difficult stop during a whirlwind visit to Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo.

The Sandakan Central Market is huge. Packed with thousands of things to consume – edible, drinkable, wearable etc. Smelly and bustling. A slice of life I’d normally not get to see. That’s why I urged my tour guide to take me there.

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Situated on the waterfront, the market moves a lot of fish. Fresh from the boat to the dinner plate.

Here is where I noticed the rays. Being sliced up. Types of rays (leopard and tiger) I’d not been fortunate enough to see alive during my week-long scuba diving stop on the southern islands of Mabul and Sipadan.

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Also, there were tiny sharks with their fins cut off.

Sad to observe, yet tempered by the sights of cute kids helping family mind the stalls.

A memorable visit to be sure.

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