The Incredible Diving Adaptation of the Bajau Sea Nomads

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to survive underwater without oxygen for more than a few minutes? Well, let me introduce you to the Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia, also known as the Bajau Sea Nomads. These incredible individuals have evolved genetically and physiologically to become the first known humans with a genetic adaptation to diving.

The Bajau people are seafaring, nomadic, fishing clans who spend a significant portion of their lives underwater. They have a unique ability to hold their breath for at least thirteen minutes on average, without any special training in static apnea. It’s like they have turned into human seals!