Monday, December 29th — North Sentinel Island

December 29, 2008

Today I Learned…

…about one of the last unexplored places on Earth, North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal.  Its inhabitants, the Sentinelese, are extremely hostile to outsiders and remain one of the few societies on the planet untouched by modern civilization.  Any attempt to contact them is met by a hail of arrows.  It is unknown how many Sentinelese exist; estimates range from a few dozen anywhere to 400.  Government officials were worried about the fate of the natives after the 2004 tsunami, but they killed two fisherman in 2006 who strayed too close and then attacked the helicopter sent by the Indian coast guard to collect the bodies. (Thanks to mental_floss magazine.)


4 Responses to “Monday, December 29th — North Sentinel Island”

  1. dichotomousmind Says:

    These people must have some wild mythology… I kind of want to know what and how they think.

  2. Nick Says:

    I’m all for the Prime Directive, but seriously, arrows versus helicopter? I say play some Wagner and drop some napalm.

  3. Matt Says:

    The North Sentinelese are the true face of sustainability.

  4. Matt Says:

    And search for Places You Can Never Go

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