Photo of the Day 25 May 2008

Cowrie Shells, Myanmar, 2005
Photograph by Nicolas Reynard

A Moken tribesman in Myanmar's Andaman Islands displays two large cowrie shells. The Moken, a nomadic sea people who live among the 800 islands of the Mergui Archipelago, are divers and beachcombers, taking what they need each day from the Andaman Sea. They accumulate little and live on land only during the monsoons.