The Moken are a nomadic tribe who live on the Surin
Islands islands 60 km off the coast of Thailand.
Recent scientific studies have shown that the underwater eyesight of Moken
children is more than 50% percent better than the underwater eyesight of other
children. Scientists believe that the Moken train their eyes to see better
out of necessity, they have to hunt for fish, and also make out things on the
sea bed far below them. Experiments are now underway in Sweden to see if
other children can train their eyes in a similar way. The Moken spend a large
part of their time in the sea, and seem almost as at home in that environment
as on land. At present they have no Family names or citizenship, but the Thai
authorities have proposed that they all be given the same second name,
roughly translated it means 'Hero of the Sea'. The entire Moken population of
the Surin Islands survived the recent Tsunami. News reports say that by the
time the waves crashed ashore, the Moken were already on the higher ground
and therefore safe. It is not known how they knew the waves were coming.