March 5, 2016 – Most of us have to use goggles when we go swimming in the ocean — the better to see underwater, my dear.
But there’s a group of people living on the island archipelagoes of Thailand that do not need goggles to see underwater clearly.
They’re known as the Moken people and they’ve developed eyes similar to dolphins.
According to the BBC, Anna Gislen of the University of Lund in Sweden went to Thailand and found out that Moken children were able to see clearly underwater by making their pupils smaller.
“Normally when you go underwater, everything is so blurry that the eye doesn’t even try to accommodate, it’s not a normal reflex,” Gislen told BBC. “But the Moken children are able to do both – they can make their pupils smaller and change their lens shape. Seals and dolphins have a similar adaptation.”
It sounds like Thailand may be home to real-life Aquamen.