Jacques-Yves Cousteau had it right, SCUBA diving not only revolutionized ocean science, but it allowed people to learn about the mysterious oceans and discover the wonderful and diverse life under the sea. In Cousteau’s days, SCUBA diving wasn’t available to everyone. Today there are millions of people who dive every year and the number is growing. As a SCUBA diver myself, the hobby is very addictive. I haven’t gone diving as much as the average diver, but there is something about diving that makes me want to do it over and over again.
Personally, the part I enjoy best is watching and following underwater species go about their day. Sounds boring doesn’t it. It also sounds as though I am a stalker of the sea. However, watching a fish swim in and out fo crevices within a coral reef to hide from predators or find food is amazing because it shows me how the fish uses its body form of which is a product of millions of years of evolution to gain an advantage to find food or avoid predators. I also enjoy searching for animals that are trying to hide or camouflage themselves. I’m sure I miss most of these species such as cuttle fish and octopi, but when I do find them and I sit back and watch them I get one of the most wonderful feelings that I am watching nature to its best and put on a show.
I feel I could dive on the same coral reef, seagrass bed, and/or intertidal zone and get something different out of the dive every time. Perhaps that is why SCUBA diving is so addictive. Diving becomes a lifestyle and with lifestyle come different dive friends and buddies with who you could dive and make each dive experiences different.
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