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Nomads of the Sea 69
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jan 2014

Children are making small squid ink "bombs". Later they will be used by their parents for attracting tuna.

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Nomads of the Sea 31
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay is spearfishing in the shallow waters. Living in unity with the ocean allows the Bajau to develop extraordinary abilities to free dive. They can go as deep as 20 meters down to look for seafood. They also used to dive for pearls.

"When father took me to free dive for the first time, I didn’t know how to do it. He just showed me how to breathe and block my nose. Then he put a rope with some weights on me and drooped me into the ocean," explains Agunay.

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Nomads of the Sea 33
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

A Bajau woman and her children caught in the storm offshore Mabul island. They go around the island to sell fish for resorts or tourists and earn some money.

There might not be any Sama Dilaut living on boats left in the area in a few years. Only stories and legends about people from the Ocean will remain.

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Nomads of the Sea 42
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

A man selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 43
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut are selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 44
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay in his tiny boat, paddling out in to the ocean for spearfishing.

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Nomads of the Sea 47
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Teacher Alee during the lesson in School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 48
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut are selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 49
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut are selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 50
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Teacher Alee during a lesson in the School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 53
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay is coming back home in his boat after spearfishing in shallow waters not too far from Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 54
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 55
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 65
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut selling fish next to a reasort on Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 67
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay is preparing his speargun for spearfishing session.

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Nomads of the Sea 03
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Clothes are hanged to dry on the shore of Sibuan island.

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Nomads of the Sea 70
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

People building a stilt house off the shore of Sibuan island.

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Nomads of the Sea 71
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Bajau woman in the boat, near her small stilt house just right offshore Sibuan island, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 04
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Bajau woman pours water away from her boat, near her small stilt house just right offshore Sibuan island, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 56
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

A view through the boat window offshore the Maiga island.

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Nomads of the Sea 60
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

A child crying in the dad's lap, in the boat offshore Maiga island.

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Nomads of the Sea 58
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Woman washes dishes in the boat, floating close to Maiga island.

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Nomads of the Sea 59
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

A man coming back to his boat after fishing offshore Maiga island.

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Nomads of the Sea 62
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Woman breastfeeds her baby on the boat offshore Maiga island.

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Nomads of the Sea 63
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut woman on the boat, close to Semporna town.

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Nomads of the Sea 66
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Agunnay is preparing to go fishing. He checks the mask and smokes a few cigarettes in a row.

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Nomads of the Sea 36
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
08 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut woman and children in Maiga island, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 37
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
08 Jan 2014

A woman is washing her boat, floating close to Maiga island, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 61
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
08 Jan 2014

A woman washes dishes on the boat offshore Maiga island.