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Behaviour under water and ashore

Behaviour Underwater
Behaviour Ashore
  1. Don't touch anything under water - also not animals they look harmless to you. Don't think that sea animals like your touch - that's wishful thinking and has nothing to do with reality. They are no pets and not used to get touched. Even if sea animals seem to like your touch, you destroy with your hands the thin layer on their skin which is protecting them from parasites.
  2. Never forget that corals are living animals as well even if they look like plants or stones.
  3. Don't take anything out of the water, even if it seems to be dead - it belongs to the sea.
  4. Don't throw anything in the water that doesn't belong in it - the sea is no trash can. For example cigarette filters are extremely toxic and can get swallowed by fish - they don't survive that!
  5. When your diving place your equipment in a way that you don't touch anything inadvertently. Practise neutral buoyancy so you can easily hover in the water and do not have to hold on or to touch anything unnecessarily.
  1. Don't buy any gifts like shells, corals, tortoiseshell, pufferfish, shark jaws, jewellery with shells or other products made out of sea animals.
  2. Don't collect shells on the beach and leave them where they belong to. Hermit crabs grow their whole life and have to search now and then for a new home or in other words for a bigger shell.
  3. Don't throw any trash on the beach - please put these things in the trash can and regular waste disposals.
  4. Only eat or buy fish when you know that it had been caught in an appropriate way. By fishing with driftnets a lot of fish get caught but only some will be sold and a lot will be left dead in the sea. Also reefs get damaged by certain kinds of fishing. So when you're not sure, keep away from it.
  5. Support different organizations who do activities to protect the underwater world - they are dependent on any help.
  6. Share your knowledge with others - many people do not suspect at all that they do harm to the underwater world with their behaviour.


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