Researcher Anna Gislen was studying different characteristics of vision at the University of Lund in Sweden when a colleague suggested she study the Moken tribe.
The Moken people live west of Thailand, in the deep islands on the Andaman Sea. Also known as sea-nomads, their children spend days going under the sea, searching for food. The Moken people are called sea-nomads because some of them live most of their whole lives living in shallow waters of the the Andaman sea.I know you’re probably thinking, why are the kids diving for food? Well, their unique vision allows them to see underwater. Their eyesight is even said to be similar to one of a dolphin.
“When the tide came in, these kids started swimming. But not like I had seen before. They were more underwater than above water, they had their eyes wide open – they were like little dolphins,” Gilsen says.
“They had their eyes wide open, fishing for clams, shells and sea cucumbers, with no problem at all.”