Traditional Sama / Badjao spearfishermen. Davao Gulf, Philippines. (August, 2017)
Originally a nomadic, sea-faring people, this group (like many others in the Philippines) has settled and evolved into a land-based community. Some however, still roam across the seas surrounding Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia, independent of any form of citizenshipz
The Sama / Badjao rely on fish for food and for a living. Using traditional, handmade spearguns, they dive down into the depths and scour the sea floor for fish--all on one breath for minutes at a time. This type of direct dependence on the sea means that they are very vulnerable to issues such as overfishing, coral bleaching, and climate change.
Shot while #onassignment with @studioh2o for @divephilippines and the Department of Tourism - Philippines (@tourism_phl).
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