See how Bajao Tribe Lives Underwater like a Fish

  James Morgan, from the UK, is studying photography in London and an anthropologist.


His work, which forced him to the beach, to live in the frozen seas, and made him reach the story of a people struggling to save themselves by in the water1604661066-blobid0.jpeg.


His journey began when he read about a group of Southeast Asian nomads, who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with almost no injuries.


These Bedouins spend almost all their lives at sea, but they may be the last generation to do so.


Bajao .. are nomads who have lived in the sea for centuries, in some part of the ocean in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Life there is on handcrafted Leba-Lipa boats which bring everything they need for their journey at sea, including cooking utensils, kerosene lamps, food, water and even plants.


They come seashore only to trade or repair their boats, as well as spearfishing.

  Also, there are some highly skilled divers swimming to depths of up to 100 feet to search for grouper, gold and sea cucumber.


The people of Bajao face a constant danger, which prevents many from living to old age, many of whom are disabled or die.


Living on the sea has become increasingly difficult in recent years, as Bajao has insisted on staying home.


The source of livelihood in Bajao is by selling grouper and Napoleon fish to Hong Kong fishing companies.


Destructive fishing techniques began in Baju when soldiers during the Second World War displayed them on dynamite and since its appearance, Baju has had a bad relationship with the habitat in which they live.


Bajao also practised fishing with potassium cyanide, a chemical they release on target species, which Hong Kong's fishing companies have provided them with, according to Morgan.


  It is a substance that astonishes fish, allowing it to be sold directly, but it also severely damages coral reefs.

  After Hong Kong companies receive the fish, they inject them with steroids, as the main system of Asian restaurants is to keep these fish alive and sell them alive.


Bajao slowly lost its culture, and government programs forced Baju to live on the ground, putting them at conflict with many governments, as Baju constantly crossed international borders via their boats.


"When the current generation of Baju dies, no one will live in the sea in recent years, and Bajao youth will leave the boats in search of work in cities as they get older," Morgan says.


There is some hope that the situation of living in Baju will improve soon, as the Global Fund for Nature Conservation and International Conservation has been teaching sustainability practices in Baju in recent years.

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