Haenyeo: Amazing Ladies of the Deep

Found in the waters of Jeju Island off South Korea, Haenyeo are female, free-diving foragers.

Part of a centuries-old tradition, they dive in only a wetsuit and face mask collecting abalone, sea urchins, octopus and other edibles from the sea floor. ย 

Aged between 50 and 90, Haenyeo risk their lives to make a living; selling their wares from small shacks along the shore.

For me, their work challenges stereotypes about age and gender.

But, to them, itโ€™s just a job.



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