Southeast Asian Islanders Freedive Over 200 Feet

“Before diving as deep as 230 feet under the sea, the Bajau people put on a pair of wooden goggles. They pick up a set of weights. Then, they take one very big breath.

And they hold it for five minutes or longer.

Commonly called Sea Nomads, the indigenous Bajau people have lived for thousands of years off the coast of Southeast Asia, near Malaysia and the Indonesia archipelago. They commonly live in houseboats, spending hours each day hunting fish or other sea creatures underwater. For centuries, these extraordinary free-diving abilities mystified scientists, as the source of the Sea Nomads’ intuitive breath-holding talents remained unknown.…”

A longer article in todays New York Times Science section:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/science/bajau-evolution-ocean-diving.html

From Chime Serra

Photo: Melissa Hardo

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