Whether you are just starting out as a new diver, or have logged thousands of dives already, scuba diving still brings the same sensations and star-struck feelings every time. However, it is important to remember a few good, ocean-friendly practices while you are diving to best protect our marine environment.
Do not stand up on your fins, especially on corals. Practice good finning and buoyancy to avoid accidental contact with the reef or stirring up the sediment. Many coral species and smaller animals are very sensitive, and you will be killing them instantly if you stand on the reef.
(Do not stand on the reef. You will cause physical damage to creatures that have taken years to get to that size. Photo source: Wikipedia.)
Do not touch anything. First of all, you never know what you may be touching, and it can sting you or be extremely poisonous. You might even come in contact with powerfully venomous fishes such as scorpionfishes, who blend in extremely well with their surroundings. Second of all, you touching corals can harm them, transmit bacteria or diseases, or stress them. You may transmit diseases or remove protective coatings on fish, mammals, invertebrates and other species.
On that same note, do not chase or harass marine life. I have witnessed people chasing poor turtles and hanging on to them while the poor animals were trying to go up to take a breath. Keep clear of free-swimming animals (such as turtles, whales and sea snakes). In particular, do not chase, ride, grab or block the path of these animals. Even if you think it’s cool, do not ride a turtle (they also might bite you!). Do not cowboy a manatee. Do not hold on to the fin of a dolphin or a shark. Look but never touch and try not to get too close.
Do not leave your diving gear dragging on the reef, such as pressure gauges or regulators. Keeping gear close to your body reduces drag and the chances of entanglement. Sea life is everywhere and can be harmed by the kick of a fin, bump of a tank, or knock of the hand.
Do not wear gloves. Or at least when the temperature allows you not to. Gloves only bring you a false sense of security which may lead you to holding on underwater. This can cause corals to break, or allow you to get too close to marine life by holding onto rocks and can lead to you harming yourself as gloves will not actually provide reliable protection against dangerous marine life.
(Refrain from wearing dive gloves, as they may give you a false sense of security and you will be more likely to hang on to the reef. Photo source: Greenpeace)
Do not bring anything up to the surface, other than recent trash. Similarly, don’t buy souvenirs of corals or marine life – this encourages people to remove tons of alive or dead marine life from marine ecosystems each year for selling to tourists. If we didn’t buy it then people wouldn’t collect it. Leave it where it belongs.
Do not feed the fishes. Feeding fish or any other species can lead to them becoming reliant upon that food source. It makes fish more aggressive towards divers and can lead to species interacting with others which they wouldn’t naturally come into contact with.
(Pick up any recent trash you might encounter. Photo source: Project Aware).
Do pick up trash, plastic bags or any other recent littered items.
Do respect the marine environment, only observe the sensitive and fragile species that live within it. All divers should refrain from intrusive and damaging interactions such as handling marine life or manipulating it.
Do learn about the local ecosystem before your dive, and what animals you may be able to spot while diving.
Do practice good buoyancy and refrain from touching the bottom with your fins and body. Practice buoyancy control over sand patches before approaching a reef - test buoyancy whenever you’re using new equipment such as new wetsuits, buoyancy control devices (BCDs) and cameras. Remember to always lift your feet up!
(This is the ideal diving position you would like to maintain throughout your dive. A streamlined horizontal position, keeping your feet up, and your hands to yourself will give you low water resistance! Photo source: Ilios Dive Club)
Do patronize reef-friendly dive shops, hotels and tourist operators that promote eco-friendly practices.
Do lead by example. Remember that other divers may look up to you. If they see you touching or manipulating sea life, they will assume it is alright to do so. Similarly, if they see you pick up trash, they may start doing it in their future dives. Be an ambassador for good, eco-friendly diving practices.
Do stay humble. You are in their world for a limited amount of time. Enjoy the wonder and amazement that is our marine life, and do not act like you own the place and can do whatever pleases you.
Have fun! Every dive is different and a chance to discover more natural wonders.
I’ve never made a spell jar myself, but I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion about safe, eco-friendly practices for burying spell jars in the ground and I have a tip.
Stone- or earthenware clay is what potters use in making ceramics. One of the nice things about clay is that it’s still biodegradable until you fire it, which means that it can be broken down and reused if you decide you don’t like your piece. You can recycle scraps left over from projects and you haven’t lost anything.
So a witch who’s looking to bury a spell jar without leaving glass or other invasive materials in the ground could make a pinch pot out of clay, fill it with whatever ingredients are desired for the spell, and bury it without fear or shame. Assuming the ingredients in the spell are biodegradable, then everything, including the clay jar, will simply degrade over time and return to the place whence it came. And besides, what better way to connect instantly with earth energies than using a jar made of something dug directly from the earth?
If you have a local pottery studio near you, you can sometimes purchase bags of reclaimed clay for MUCH cheaper than a new bag - at the studio where I make my ceramics, a bag of reclaim is $9 as opposed to $20.
(Also, please note that this only works with art clay. Do not use a polymer clay like Sculpey or Fimo!)
I just need to rant about how much I love coconut oil (and baking soda and ACV). I replaced all my lotions with coconut oil! Why buy expensive lotions when you can buy coconut oil in bulk and it won’t sit on your skin like some lotions do. I give my hair regular coconut oil masks and always apply it before bleaching my hair, it is wonderful for hair! Coconut oil is a natural sun block! I know it seems weird but google it. I also do regular ‘oil pulling’ (swishing your mouth with coconut oil) It’s very important to keep your mouth clean and coconut oil is the best thing for that! There are entire books about oil pulling. As for baking soda, it cleans so well! I use coconut oil and baking soda as a natural tooth paste, both of them whiten teeth and kill bacteria. I also make deodorant with the base ingredients being guess what? Baking soda and coconut oil. You can clean grout by mixing baking soda and apple cider vinegar (or just vinegar) and letting sit on the grout for a few minutes and dirt will come right up. These two also unclog drains like no other! Basically coconut oil, baking soda and apple cider vinegar are my trifecta and must-have products in my house. I put ACV and water in a spray bottle and use it to clean most things in my kitchen and bathroom. The best thing about all these ingredients, besides replacing so many products, is that they’re eco-friendly, vegan and safe for pets.
Salvar al planeta depende de nosotros. La humanidad, la actualidad, la industria, la tecnología, el día a día, la cotidianidad, hay tantos factores que influyen en el deterioro de nuestro planeta, el cual tiene tanto que ofrecernos, tantos paisajes, tantos hermosos lugares, tantos recursos naturales, y muchas cosas mas.