It seems that when faced with wild and exotic sea animals, most people lose all sense of decorum. They literally are in unfamiliar waters and don’t know how to act, other than excited.
Unfortunately, we are NOT exempt from this. We live on a sailboat, surrounded by water and sea life, and on occasion we have forgotten our own guidelines and let our inner child’s emotions and curiosity of see, touch, and experience, lead us rather than our logical selves.
Seeing nature’s beauty up close is a tantalizing thought, but people need to remember that even though swimming with wild dolphins might sound like a once in a lifetime experience that needs to be pursued, it may not be best for all involved.
Raising children on the water, we find it important to instil in them a certain ocean etiquette, so that they know how to keep themselves, and the creatures in their environment safe.
Knowledge and education is power.
With constant repetition of some simple ocean guidelines, we hope that it will be ingrained in them that the best way to interact with wildlife is in a non-invasive manner that will in no way stress the animals out.
Here are a few suggestions to keep you safe, happy, and humane during your aquatic adventure.
- Stay Relaxed. Chances are, if you are calm and composed you will see way more on your underwater escapades. Excessive noise, fast movements, and tons of bubbles will only scare animals away. If you can, try and stay still, “become one with the environment”. Be patient, invisible almost, and you may get the opportunity to see how sea life acts in its natural habitat.