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

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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