The island of Jeju in South Korea is home to the last generation of a very unique legacy – The Sea Women. Known to the locals as Haenyo, a group of elderly women (often north of 70 years of age) swim to depths of 65ft or more to the ocean floor where they collect sea abalones, urchins, sea cucumbers and squid. The most incredible aspect of all — they do this without the use of an oxygen tank and instead hold their breath for over 2 minutes submerged in the freezing cold waters of the Korea Strait.
New York-based photographer Mijoo Kim has documented the very last of their kind with a series known as The Mother Of The Sea.
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