Groups Of People Who Live Their Lives Almost Entirely At Sea

Groups Of People Who Live Their Lives Almost Entirely At Sea


Most of us have dreamed of a life at sea,
even though in reality we know it’d be less Pirates of the Caribbean and more Captain
Ron. But while the seafaring life is only a fantasy
for some people, lots of people do it. Some are born into the life, while others
pay ridiculous amounts of money just to leave the land behind. Here are some groups of people who live most
of their lives at sea. Offshore refugees The Bajau people of Malaysia live their entire
lives at sea, and not on massive ships, either — they live in huts on stilts and small
houseboats. But while living on crystal clear waters in
the tropics might sound like a dream come true, there’s a dark side. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
the Bajau are refugees, and the Malaysian government has forbidden them from living
on land. The people go to shore only to trade goods,
and the kids don’t attend school. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that
the Bajau are insanely good at fishing, since most of them do it for a living. In some places, though, the younger generation
is choosing to leave the sea in pursuit of better opportunities on land. Honestly, it seems like there could be an
opportunity right there on the water — tourists would probably pay a fortune to spend the
night at one of those huts if it was listed on AirBnB. The never-ending cruise A lot of people sell their old homes after
retirement so they can buy an RV and travel the world. But people who really know how to retire in
style do it on a cruise ship, where someone else does all the driving. All you have to do is wake up in the morning,
look out the window, and hope you don’t fall off. “Took a hard, hard, violent fall. Kind of pinballed down. Hit a lot of railings. Broke a lot of s—.” According to US News and World Report, some
retirees are choosing to leave land permanently and book back-to-back cruises that sometimes
have them at sea for years at a time. Before you get too excited about the idea,
though, keep in mind that it’ll take a hefty chunk out of your savings. One retiree estimated her expenses at $165,000
for the entire year. That’ll eat through your social security check
pretty fast. Sea nomads Lifelong seafarers are surprisingly common
in the waters of Asia, although that way of life is starting to lose out to the comforts
of the modern world, especially among the younger generations. The Moken people of Myanmar live their lives
almost entirely in large canoes or in huts right along the water’s edge. But even for these very traditional people,
that way of living is becoming less and less practical. Moken families live in a “mother boat” and
usually tow a couple smaller boats behind them. Like the Bajau, the Moken are subsistence
fishers, but modern Moken people have to share their traditional waters with commercial fishing
operations and tourists. Many of them are abandoning their old ways
of life simply because living on land is easier — a sad but familiar story. High seas shipping Not everybody who lives at sea most of their
life is a nomad or a cruise ship retiree. Some people hit the open waters just because
it’s their job — like cargo ship crews, who spend way more time on water than on land. Cargo ship crews might spend up to nine months
at sea, so forget playing golf on the weekends or watching your kids hit their milestones. If you’re lucky enough to become an officer,
you might only have to be at sea for five months at a time, though. And if you make captain, you get to shout
orders at everyone. “Sir, I know this may finish me as an acting
ensign, but…” “Shut up, Wesley.” It doesn’t get any better than that. Fish life If nine months seems a little long, you could
go for the shorter eight-month season of the barramundi fisherman. It’s not a particularly rewarding job, though. One enthusiastic captain described his boat
as “a 50-foot prison cell.” According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
Australia’s barramundi fishing season begins in February and ends in October, and it’s
backbreaking work. Crew members put the nets out and haul them
back in again, then they have to sort, filet, and freeze everything they catch. There are plenty of dangers involved. Box jellyfish often wind up in the nets and
can deliver a painful, sometimes deadly sting. And if you’re super lucky, you could also
get attacked by crocodiles, which will make a great story of romance and adventure. Well maybe not romance, exactly, but adventure. If you survive. Offshore oil Offshore oil rigs gained some notoriety after
the Deepwater Horizon accident of 2010, which took the lives of 11 people and dumped more
than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. And that was definitely not the world’s first
oil rig disaster. So anyone who decides to pursue a career opportunity
on an offshore oil rig has to keep the mortal peril in the back of their mind. But that’s not the only challenge with living
out at sea on one of these massive structures. CBS describes work on offshore oil rigs as
“a noisy, grimy, cramped existence,” with 12-hour workdays and living quarters that
are “part barracks, part locker room.” The good news is you’re not stuck out there
for months at a time — many rigs have a two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off work schedule,
though you can always work extra hours if you can’t stand being away. Deployment Not everyone who joins a seafaring branch
of the military ends up spending months at sea, but it’s definitely not uncommon. The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, for example,
is often deployed for seven months at a time. Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship
Boxer spend their time helping out refugees adrift in the water, training with U.S. partners,
and visiting more than a half a dozen different countries. Navy deployments can be similar in length
— according to The Balance, if you’re assigned to a ship you’ll spend three years bouncing
between ship and shore and will spend between six and nine months at a time out on the water. Life aboard a Navy vessel is also kind of
cramped, but the perks are at least superior to getting stung by jellyfish, attacked by
crocodiles, and exploding. Sailors have access to a recreation room where
they can play games or watch television, though the official materials don’t mention whether
HBO and Showtime are included. Under the sea Nuclear submarines are a type of military
vessel, but the living conditions are markedly different from the conditions on an aircraft
carrier or a battleship. For a start, according to The Guardian, you
should try not to use the bathroom when a submarine is diving because the submarine’s
shape warps slightly as it descends, and you might not be able to open the door again. So apart from that fun little detail, what
else is there to love about life on a nuclear submarine? Well, there are the months at sea — a surveillance
mission might last six months at a time. For the entire trip, you’ll be elbow-to-elbow
with fellow submariners, you’ll get to climb a lot of ladders, and you’ll also get to accidentally
bang your head on stuff all the time. Also there’s the part where you’re basically
living on top of a nuclear reactor. More adventure on the high seas, right? Sailing the seas of money Not everybody who retires at sea takes the
cruise ship route. After all, where’s the fun in having all your
meals cooked for you, your room cleaned every day, and free entertainment whenever you feel
like it? That’s why some people have made the decision
to cut their ties with the land and head to sea on their own personal ship. But just because they don’t get a water slide
doesn’t mean these fledgling sailors get off cheap. A 50-foot yacht with all the comforts of home
runs about $1 million. Can’t afford that? Don’t worry, you can rough it in a smaller
yacht for just $250,000, or the equivalent of about 18 months of full-time living on
a cruise ship. The amount of time you spend at sea is, of
course, totally up to you — but in the absence of an actual home, you’ll be sleeping onboard
even if you’re sitting in a marina somewhere. According to Coastal Living, loads of seriously
wealthy people are deciding to retire this way. Saving the world Many people choose a life at sea not because
of the glamour or adventure, but because they genuinely love the ocean. Research vessels are one way some people turn
their love of the sea into an occupation. As a bonus, you also get to do some good for
the world. According to the University of New Hampshire,
the crew of a research vessel might spend eight months of the year at sea. Crew members won’t get to do a whole lot of
actual research, but they do get to visit some pretty cool locations. The crew of the Atlantis research vessel,
for example, has visited underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents, which sounds way more
meaningful than filleting fish. Or… getting eaten by fish. Thanks for watching! Click the Grunge icon to subscribe to our
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16 thoughts on “Groups Of People Who Live Their Lives Almost Entirely At Sea

  1. "Bajau people of Malaysia"…

    Bitch, they're from the Philippines. And they've always been a sea people. Even in their homelands in the Tawi-Tawi archipelago. The refugees in Malaysia are fleeing the Muslim insurgency (including ISIS groups) in western Mindanao, but by no means are they "forced to live on the sea".

  2. Their refugee status isn't the reason the Bajaus became a sea dwelling people. They are, traditionally, sea nomads. Due to conflicts in their Filipino homelands, some have migrated illegally to mainland Malaysia, and Indonesia where they work in conventional jobs, living a settled lifestyle. The Bajaus are also indigenous to Malaysia and Indonesia.

  3. My uncle got an honorable discharge from the Navy after he had to shut down a hot reactor in the submarine he was stationed on. He was a nuclear engineer. He's hit his lifetime radiation limit.

  4. You left out people who live on man-made structures surrounding islands. In many Asian river deltas, uninhabitable islands (too rocky, too vertical) are used as anchors by people who build their own communities. These can be boats next to docks (e.g. Vietnam) or buildings on stilts (the Panyee in Thailand).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_xTYZbQ4n4

    Some tiny home builders in wealthy countries are starting to build houseboats and living structures because land is too expensive. Building on unusable inlets and lakes is cheaper than renting or buying, and canal boats on rivers in England are becoming popular.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N6BmwcxqWA

  5. Does anyone know what the film clip is from the submarine section of the video? Where theyre going through those low doorways and the narrator is speaking about hitting your head on things? I recognise it but cannot put my finger on the name of the film. The time stamp is 6:21.

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