Episode 60: Canoe
Little Science Hunters revisits Lanyu to understand how the design of the canoes makes it an efficient watercraft. Tao elders say the sharp bow in the water can divide waves and reduce resistance. The canoe’s side panels allow water to flow past the sides and prevent waves from splashing onto the fishermen. The bottom is made of heavy longan wood. The sharp design resembles a tumbler, the canoe would right itself when out at sea, so it couldn’t be overturned. There is also reserved buoyancy, so when the Tao people have a big haul, they could return home safely.