DOS AND DON’TS

Muck­ing Around

Asian Diver (English) - - Contents -

Dive into the ter­ri­tory of the weird and won­der­ful and make sure you have a great time, while you the crea­tures as happy as you found them!

The strangest of the strange awaits you in the sand, silt, and rub­ble. Just make sure than when you go to visit, you don't muck it all up!

DIV­ING IN MUCK is one of the best ways to find the strangest crea­tures in Asia Pa­cific, but in a lot of places, each rare and un­usual crit­ter is in high de­mand. This means that th­ese an­i­mals are un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from divers and are be­ing dis­turbed re­peat­edly through­out the day. Our pres­ence has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the crea­tures’ habi­tat as well as on their nat­u­ral be­hav­iours. When we are crowd­ing around them, vy­ing for pho­tos, it means they can’t get on with the es­sen­tial as­pects of liv­ing – eat­ing, breed­ing, de­fend­ing ter­ri­tory, and just chill­ing out!

Get out there in search of the weird and won­der­ful, but do re­mem­ber that you are one of many visi­tors to their world that day, and try to en­sure that your pres­ence is as un­ob­tru­sive as pos­si­ble!

DO

DON'T

Let your guide know you don’t want them to touch or dis­turb the marine life Crowd any crit­ters you find; make sure that they have an es­cape route if they feel threat­ened

DO

DON'T

Stay off the bot­tom and watch your fins to avoid ac­ci­den­tal dam­age to marine life or the en­vi­ron­ment Rest or lie on the bot­tom un­til you can be ab­so­lutely sure that the area is de­void of marine life

DO

DON'T

Prac­tise good buoy­ancy and dive in a hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion so that you’re not stir­ring up sed­i­ment Re­move any "sou­venirs" from the site, such as shells – th­ese can be im­por­tant habi­tats

DO

DON'T

Take an ex­pe­ri­enced guide who knows the sites and where the crit­ters hang out Ma­nip­u­late the an­i­mals or their habi­tat

DO

DON'T

Move slowly – a lot of muck crit­ters are cryp­tic and well cam­ou­flaged En­cour­age your guide to ma­nip­u­late an­i­mals or their habi­tat for a bet­ter view or a bet­ter picture!

DO

DON'T

Look for move­ment – it’s the best way to spot well-dis­guised an­i­mals in their habi­tat Hog the crit­ters; give ev­ery diver a chance to see the an­i­mals in a way that causes min­i­mum stress for all life forms in­volved

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