In the crystal blue coral seas just off the coast of Malaysia there are a group of people called the Bajau who have forged such an intimate relationship with the water that they rarely leave it.
The Bajau have been a nomadic, seafaring people for most of their history. Many Bajau still practice that same lifestyle to this day, which explains why they are still commonly called “sea gypsies.” Bajau live in the middle of the sea. They rarely go on land. They don’t have Nationality.
Bajau peoples use Spearfishing without scuba gears not even oxygen tanks for sea food.
Instead of learning about algebra or science, the Bajau children are given a net and taught to catch fish, octopus and lobsters off their unique handmade boats.
The children reportedly spend so much time in the ocean that their eyes have adjusted to see more clearly underwater and much like sea sickness for those who live on land, they also experience ‘land sickness’ when they leave the water.
Malaysian photographer Ng Choo Kia, 43, travelled to the remote ocean community to try and capture the profound relationship between the Bajau and their marine home.
Here some images which explain everything about Bajau @Ng Choo Kia