“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend” – Bruce Lee
The Japanese tea ceremony is a meditative choreography of purposeful, little movements that demonstrate respect through etiquette and grace. The swift, controlled twirls of the wrist whisking the tea brush rhythmically around the inner circumference of the cup, the subtle quarter turn of the cup – these studied movements, which take years to master, parallel the delicate techniques that muck divers and underwater macro photographers have to employ in order to witness the beauty of Nature’s tiniest marine creatures in their hidden habitats.
In this issue of Asian Diver, we’ve combed through the different layers that are found in the muck. Whether it’s the plastic trash that has made its way into the oceans from polluted rivers that now provides shelter for critters like octopuses, the artificial tyre reefs humans have created to attract marine wildlife that may be doing more harm than good, or the diminutive marine organisms like the algae shrimp and the “Shaun the Sheep” nudibranch that live on the algae found on the seabed – we’ve pored over the minutiae of the muck and its inhabitants to understand what makes this type of diving so thrilling.
So take a break from the blue water and the vibrant colours of the reef, and have your muck stick at the ready. There’s a captivating cast of critters just waiting to be unearthed