How Moken children see

Moken sea gypsies in Thailand have an extraordinary ability to overrule an automatic reflex of the eye which allows them to see with amazing clarity under water

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-10 1. xarfaxus commented 13 years ago

It must be so easy for him to drive out of the tunnel :D
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+37 2. VQAZ76 commented 13 years ago

Man i wish i could do that at a local pool go under and see 2x better :D hehe
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+6 3. loadrunner commented 13 years ago

Never knew it is normal to see it blurred :D only was thinking the underwatergoggles were to protect against salt or chlorine
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+9 4. FatHorse commented 13 years ago

Truly fascinating... :)

I wonder if it's a mutation or simply an environmental adaptation from swimming underwater frequently at an early age... Maybe a bit of both...
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+2 5. oleHashow commented 13 years ago

natural selection he who see best gets food faster and then he has time to make more children like him
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+3 6. gringo commented 13 years ago

Man If i could do this I would spare money for diving mask and solve the problem of fogging glasses :)
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-7 7. Ganjabus commented 13 years ago

I have found a solution!

The Moken's have adapted to their permanent environment, why don't we adapt to the temporary. It won't be as good as the moken's, and you wont be able to move.

Underwater, cover the tops of your eyes with your whole hands and slowly breath out, the air should be trapped where your eyes are. This will make an air pocket and your eyes will be free = underwater vision.

(it's hard to do + you need to be at an angle so the water doesn't just go forward. )
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+5 8. beerholder commented 13 years ago

Where's that guy who wants to see evolution happen?
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+10 9. smee420 commented 13 years ago

Awesome video!

If anyone doesn't already know, it's from the BBC's Human Planet series, which is similarly amazing all the way through.
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-4 10. AntiAnti commented 13 years ago

In ur face JESUS!!!!!
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+2 11. bisteinee commented 13 years ago

"In ur face JESUS!!!!!" Why is that?
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+7 12. musatalin commented 13 years ago

#4 maybe u haven`t paid attention. he actually said that any child can learn that trick :P
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+6 13. etplayer commented 13 years ago

#12 I caught that too, but what about adults, and how do you 'learn' to do that trick? Thanks for tempting us with knowledge and then not giving it to us BBC dude! :P
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+3 14. Zebulun commented 13 years ago

#8 You're a bit mis-informed. There's only a change in existing information, no NEW information which is what evolution indicates.
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+3 15. binksy commented 13 years ago

Children can adapt at a young age and learn a great deal more than the majoriety of adults.

Mind I must say I'd love to see one of those gypsies try it over here in the river tyn, they'd be blind with all the crap in that water.
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+4 16. wayomayo commented 13 years ago

he´s an XMen! Great Clip thanks!
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+4 17. Friendlysoul commented 13 years ago

From my experience, there isnt a learning curve, its simple being able to open your eyes underwater. I can open them in swimming pool as well as the sea.
When you first start, your just afraid to get water in your eye, but slowly you get used to it, and that is all.

Its easy pulling pranks in the water when you can see underwater. :)

That really was the reason i started to learn it as a kid, scaring people by knowing where to pop up, that with also holding you breath for a long time to close the distance like a submarine :)