This Old Korean Woman Is Last Sea Woman Of South Korea (11 pics)

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They swim up to depths of 65ft (20 metres) to the ocean floor where they collect sea abalones, urchins, sea cucumbers and squid
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They dive without oxygen tanks and sometimes hold their breath for over 2 minutes at a time
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Many of the Haenyo are over 70 years old!
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They dive in the Korean Strait and the water is often freezing cold
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Their numbers are slowly dwindling as young Korean women move to the mainland in search of education and employment
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“These women divers are carrying on a Korean legacy and will be the last of their kind,” says photographer Mijoo Kim
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“They are the last generation of Haenyo”
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The practice goes as far back as the 5th century
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“Being a Haenyo is certainly not meant to be for the weak,” she writes
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“Hence the saying in Korea, “Haenyos do the work of the dead in the land of the living””
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