In the coral seas between Borneo Sulawesi in the Philippines there are people who live more intimately with the ocean than any other culture on Earth. The ocean has a profound influence on every aspect of their existence they even measure the passage of time by the rhythms of the tide rather than minutes an hour.
And there are some whose relationship with the sea runs even deeper…
There’s one member of this community whose adaptation is even more staggering, Sulbin is an underwater hunter and the living proof for just how far we can push our bodies towards a Life Aquatic…
The Bajau are a small refugee community found just off the coast of Malaysia who live their whole life in the ocean.
They live in wooden huts on stilts and survive by catching fish, octopus and lobsters off handmade boats.
Instead of learning about algebra or science, the Bajau children are given a net and taught to catch fish, octopus and lobsters off their unique handmade boats.
The children reportedly spend so much time in the ocean that their eyes have adjusted to see more clearly underwater and much like sea sickness for those who live on land, they also experience ‘land sickness’ when they leave the water.
The Bajau’s ties with the ocean run so deep that they even measure time by the movement of the tides, instead of wasting their days counting the minutes and hours.
The children of the Bajau are all ‘ferocious’ hunters who can catch an array of seafood with ease. Some fisherman have even been known to dive up to 20 metres under the water while they hunt for seafood.
Every day the children get on their handmade pirogue, and equipped with a net and lance, they go off on the search for food.