Is This The Toughest Spearfishing Diver In The World?

When we interviewed 13-time World Record Spearfishing holder Cameron Kirkconnell (you can watch that interview here), he told us something pretty funny that we won’t forget…

“You won’t see any overweight people as professional spearfishing divers…”

And that fact couldn’t ring more true in regards the spearfishing diver in this video! The guy doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him!

This video is an excerpt from the BBC documentary on the nomadic, seafaring tribe known as Bajau (otherwise known as the real “Waterworld” people). They live their entire lives in and around the ocean, and they have trained their bodies to adapt to living almost solely on the ocean.

What is so incredible about this video isn’t the fact that this man named Sulbin can hold his breath for many minutes, but the fact that he does all of his hunting (aka spearfishing) with no fins, no nice equipment, no wetsuits, no weight belts, no nothing…

Just himself and an old speargun.

Note: Do NOT try this at home, and Do NOT walk on the ocean floor or touch coral like he does.

P.S. – Please share with a friend that likes diving.

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Nelson
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Nelson
5 years ago

That really is insane to watch.  Zero body fat means far more lung room too.  Just look what a lifetime doing this can help train you to do. Im sure he expended almost as many calories to catch it as that fish can return in food.     I also notice  how few bigger fish there are down there.  I dont know this particular country but  when I travel to parts of the world where there is mostly subsistance fishing I notice  the fish just disappear in the oceans around their islands.   Even far out to sea theres relatively little there to catch.  Only when I fish in depths of 200 plus feed do I start to notice larger fish.  In up to 200 feet they drop down rebar weighted lines to try and catch and keep anything they can catch.   I routinely seem them keep fish under 6 inches too.   Its amazing the amount of effort this guy  has to expend just to catch that little tropical fish.  Something we would not even bother to target or eat.   Just my 2 cents.  

Don Rorschach
Don Rorschach
5 years ago

Awesome! Most SCUBA divers need 6-18 pounds of lead weight to become negative buoyant. I have been SCUBA diving for over 30 years and have never seen anyone dive down 60 feet deep and stay there walking along the bottom looking for something to catch or kill. I do not need any lead weight to submerge and stay at depth since I’m pretty skinny but no way could I stay down 5 minutes on one breath of air. As I recall, Scott Carpenter, one of the first Astronauts could hold his breath for a full 5 minutes but that is like 1 in a million. This diver is just amazing. And yes, I sometimes wonder if humans are descended from ocean creatures because once at depth, I sure never want to go back to the surface!!!! Just so at peace while at depth.

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