Bajau fisherman Mando with his catch, having spent five minutes under water, off Kabalutan village, in Indonesia’s Togean Islands. Photo: Lynn Gail Bajau fisherman Mando with his catch, having spent five minutes under water, off Kabalutan village, in Indonesia’s Togean Islands. Photo: Lynn Gail
Bajau fisherman Mando with his catch, having spent five minutes under water, off Kabalutan village, in Indonesia’s Togean Islands. Photo: Lynn Gail
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Indonesia’s Bajau people: the free-diving sea gypsies who have evolved for a life at sea

  • Diving from an early age enlarges the spleen, allowing the fishermen to remain under water for longer periods
  • A custom in Kabalutan village is to puncture the eardrums of young children so that they can venture deeper without feeling pain

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Bajau fisherman Mando with his catch, having spent five minutes under water, off Kabalutan village, in Indonesia’s Togean Islands. Photo: Lynn Gail Bajau fisherman Mando with his catch, having spent five minutes under water, off Kabalutan village, in Indonesia’s Togean Islands. Photo: Lynn Gail
Bajau fisherman Mando with his catch, having spent five minutes under water, off Kabalutan village, in Indonesia’s Togean Islands. Photo: Lynn Gail
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