The Bajau are as happy underwater as the majority of people are on land. They walk down the sea floor.
Sometimes they’re referred to as “sea nomads,” the Bajau has been living at sea for over 1,000 years on small houseboats floating off Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines in the waters.
They lives in the island archipelagos on the Andaman Sea, and along the west coast of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Once they were entirely reliant on the ocean, and spent much of their time diving on the seafloor for food.
Experiments have shown that they can see underwater with total clarity-a rare ability that most human beings will still fail to understand, and could even live underwater at depths of about 200 feet for as long as 13 minutes.
Also, a recent study indicates that their developed spleens (which is far larger than an normal human being’s) offer the Sea Nomads a genetic advantage to underwater life.
But the lifestyle of the sea nomads is increasingly under threat. They are considered a marginalized and oppressed group which does not enjoy the same rights of citizenship as their counterparts on the mainland.
Increased commercial fisheries often make it more difficult for them to subsist on local stocks. As a result, many decide to leave the sea.
Without support for their lifestyle, their culture, it is believed that the group may soon be extinct.