Love for Scuba Diving | Inspiration


The moment I jump into the ocean with a
mask on, I see a whole new world unfold in front of me. The ocean has a charm
that attracts me unlike any other part of Earth. Scuba diving is not just an
adventure. It is a way of life that I desire. It’s pure relaxation. I even call
it an out-of-body experience that is better than meditation. When underwater,
I’m devoid of my usual senses. I see things differently. My own hands appear
larger than normal and my depth perception goes completely askew.
Only with more diving can I truly grasp how far away that gorgeous fish is from
me. I don’t breathe through the nose and I cannot smell the ocean, but I do
occasionally taste its rather revolting saltiness. Haptic
communication happens at a different level when little wrasses nibble my arm
or leg thinking that I’m just another part of their symbiotic universe. My
skin also feels the sudden changes in the water temperature and the current. My
sense of balance is lost and my body constantly fights the water over gravity.
And I hear nothing but my own loud breathing through the regulator. It’s
like an immersive 7D experience of an otherwise silent film. As you can see,
I thoroughly enjoy being underwater. Scuba diving is an activity that is never
done alone yet an experience that can never be shared. Each dive offers
something unique to see and something personal to feel. James Cameron, one of
the handful of men who reached the bottom of Mariana Trench, once said “Every
time you dive, you hope you’d see something new – some new species. Sometimes
the ocean gives you a gift, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Diving keeps you soaked in mystery as a vast majority of the ocean is unexplored.
The sheer amount of marine life that remains undiscovered would baffle you. But
it is equally baffling to go on a night dive and see a whole different world
active. It’s amusing to observe the strange and
clumsy behaviors of the diurnal fish at night, like the parrotfish that sleeps
with a giant bubble around itself. But the ocean offers more. The wrecks. The many
ships and aircraft that unfortunately faced the wrath of Mother Nature or were
crippled by the men of war now lay on the bottom of the ocean, serving as a hotspot
for life to thrive. The feeling of melancholy when you think about the
countless lives lost or vanished without a sign, leaving the families behind in
despair, is balanced by the euphoria of seeing thousands of organisms give life
to the otherwise dead wreck. Even the famous Titanic lying almost 4 kilometers
below the surface is providing for metal-eating bacteria. One really should
learn to dive because once you do, you will most certainly fall in love with the
underwater world. But more importantly, you’ll also understand the dire need to
protect your beloved world. Just because we cannot see what lies beneath from
where we are, doesn’t mean what we do on land has no effect whatsoever in the
ocean. The plastics we use and other trash and industrial wastes we dump into
the seas are destroying the marine ecosystem. Now that is something very
serious to think about. The ocean may not be where we belong but it definitely
belongs to our world and it is our responsibility to protect it. Within our
individual capacities, if not anything else, perhaps we can skip that straw and really save a turtle.

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