Monday, July 6, 2015

Philippine Badjao's underwater hunting

Philippine Badjao, Underwater hunting
Philippine Badjao, Underwater hunting

Underwater Badjao fisherman Sulbin, freedives to 20 meters to catch a fish.  Amazing adaptability of Filipino Badjao.

Sulbin, will about to push his body almost beyond the realms of possibility and if you want to try to join him, get ready to hold your breath for as long as you can, he takes one last breath.

Focused and calm, Sulbin descends 20 meters to the sea floor, his heartbeat slows to around 30 beats per minutes, the pressure at these depths crushes his chest, squeezing the air in his lungs to one-third its usual volume, even without weights, he's negatively buoyant enough to stride across the bottom of the sea as if, hunting on land.

By now the carbon dioxide in his blood causes an almost irresistible urge to gasp for air, but Sulbin must keep his mind on the hunt, after a minute and three quarters, Sulvin spot a fish.

Sulbin, can go even deeper than this and stayed down for up to five minutes, but he's not wanting to show off, after all he's got what he came for, two and a half minutes of hunting under pressure on one breath, perhaps the idea of humans existing as marine mammals is not so far fetched after all.

This video was uploaded to YouTube by BBC

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