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Meet The Last Generation Of Haenyo, Korea's Real Life Mermaids

The Korean tradition of deep-sea diving for oysters, sea cucumbers, abalones, sea urchins, and squid dates back to the 5th century. Originally, it was a male-dominated profession, not all that surprisingly. However, by the 18th century, women divers, also known as Haenyo, or “sea women,” far outnumbered men. Diving is no easy job. Haenyo had to descend up to twenty meters in freezing cold water without any equipment, holding their breath for over two minutes at a time.
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