The Phillipines is host to a particularly interesting group of sea faring people, who live their lives almost entirely off shore known as Badjao. Also referred to as the Sama-Bajau, this indigenous group has mastered living in harmony with the sea!
For most of their history, the many different tribes that make up this “Bangsa” (or nation of people) have been nomadic seafarers, living off of their catches and trading what they could. You can imagine that they’ve picked up some pretty interesting, effective, and impressive techniques for catching fish and oceanic survival. Sulbin, a Bajau free diver is one such example of increased capability and technique when it comes to fishing!
The Bajau free-diver is capable of some pretty incredible feats, fitting from a man whose people are sometimes colloquially referred to as the “sea gypsies”!
The BBC decided to follow Sulbin on one of his underwater hunts for sustenance where he showed off some of his amazing skills, giving us this amazing video! Sulbin is able to descend 65 feet below the surface, on one large breath, and hunt his prey for as long as 10 minutes before needing to ascend and catch his breath.
Most trained divers can only hold their breath for a maximum of 5 minutes!
The Bajau diver isn’t quite done impressing however until hes shown us his underwater hunting technique which has been passed down from previous generations of Bajau. Without weights, Sulbin is capable of walking across the bottom of the seafloor, hunting with his spear (with which he has pinpoint accuracy) as if he were hunting game on land!