PNG's eel lady dies

THE woman whose freshwater eels brought tourists from around the world to Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland Province has died.
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Cathy Hiob with one of her tame eels

Staff Reporter

Cathy Hiob, who was renowned for feeding tame eels at Laraibina village, was 64 when she died on April 14.
 
Hiob was previously an international air hostess with Air Niugini but decided it would be more fun to look after eels at her village, about a 45-minute drive from Kavieng.
 
She also provided accommodation for backpackers, mainly looking after cyclists and divers who visit the region.
 
The tame eels are fed on tinned fish from the day they are born.
 
It is believed the eels are a good judge of dangerous conditions, warning villagers of impending king tides by moving upstream.
 
Villagers say that many owe their lives to these eels for this reason.

 

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