Diving is a thrilling sport with many avid fans. But we must remember that the animals and plants that inhabit seas and oceans are extremely delicate beings which we must look after and preserve.
It is possible to enjoy the depths of the ocean without leaving a mark behind, and the FAADA (Foundation for the adoption, sponsoring and protection of animals) gives us some recommendations to ensure that we enjoy it without harming it.
· It is recommended that novices practice their first dives in swimming pools or in waters with sandy beds at a relatively shallow depth. This is due to the fact that many organisms which can at first sight seem like rocks or stones are actually delicate organisms for which an unfortunate blow can be fatal.
· Once submerged in the sea, you must control your buoyancy to avoid damaging the seabed with your flippers. By moving more slowly you use less air and frighten the animals less, which in turn means they come closer which boosts your enjoyment.
· At all times in order to not harm other species, we must ensure that we do not grab hold of corals and delicate walls: not only could we damage the marine flora, we could also suffer injuries ourselves, caused by stonefish, scorpions and other species capable of causing serious damage to our skin.
· What is most important is to avoid the temptation to take “souvenirs”, because removing shells, coral etc. from their natural habitat can have grave consequences for ecosystems. Remember, in these cases, the best memory is… a photo!
· You must not chase, touch or pester the animals because, among other concerns, by touching them we can remove a special layer which covers their skin and protects them against parasites and other harmful elements, leaving them exposed to possible diseases. Grabbing and “climbing on” sea turtles, for example, can have serious repercussions on their lives. What is more, stress can be the cause of these animals ceasing to feed or reproduce.
· At the same time it is very important not to feed the animals because this could provoke a dangerous dependency on humans, changes in their diet and alterations to their behavior.
· And finally, when on the beach, you can help to preserve and keep the waters and beaches clean by removing any garbage you find, even if it is does not belong to you. A small gesture such as this can save the lives of many species.
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