Wakih (Freshwater Shrimp)

Wakih (Leptopalaemon gagadjui) is a kind of freshwater shrimp. It is found only in West Arnhem Land, hence the species name “gagadjui”, derived from Gagudju, the Indigenous name for the language and people of Kakadu. Bininj (Aboriginal people) still catch it today, in billabongs and waterholes where there is a deep section. People catch wakih with a throw net, or put a piece of meat on the end of a fishing line and entice them into the shallows where they can be speared. The Old People used walabi, a net of bush string on a triangular wooden frame.

Wakih ngalbu kayo kore kubowinjku kukku Bokenh nawu mayh ngalkudji wakih ngalbuyika marddarr bokenh bu ngarringun. Dja bu bolkkime djal wakih ngarrimang ngarringun. Korroko dabborrabbolk birrimangi wakih walabi dja bolkkime net nawu balandakenh balanda marnbom kumekke ngarrire kore manlabbarl kore kahdjorlok kumekke ngarrimang ngalbu wakih.