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When I see bullfighting in pictures like this, or like this, or this, the matador always seems to be aiming his spears at one spot on the bull’s back. For the longest time, when I was a kid, I would see bullfighting from an angle like this and thought that they had simply draped some kind of colorful sticks on the bull’s back. You don’t really see the wounds or blood from that point of view.
Is there a reason they aim for that one spot? I mean, why don’t I see matadors try to stab the bull on the side of its stomach, or its face? Maybe a big blood vessel is back there that weakens the bull?
Also, are there hooks or something on those spears? They seem to stick in pretty well and don’t often fall off.