For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama, and if you've dipped into Messy Nessy's archives, you will have already met the few ladies
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For nearly 2000 years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages were hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone. They are known as Ama. They would dive in often freezing waters, for 2 minutes at a time and come up to breathe for just barely a few seconds. They would do this up to 60 times in a single diving session, up to three times a day. Photo by Iwase Yoshiyuki.