|I did not take these photos a kind gentleman from Europe sent them to me.|
I went snorkeling on Sunday. The tide was low. It was hard to navigate over the coral with out surface swimming i.e. having your body and fins completely horizontal, moving the fins minimally. I swam around the edge where it was deeper because in some places it was very shallow over the coral-- too shallow. I saw people with their bodies vertical underwater sweeping their fins on the plants and hitting the coral and sweeping up sand. Finally I grabbed some guy by his flotation device and said your fins are hitting the coral. He had his fins under the water's surface sweeping back and forth. They were too busy getting good photos with their photo sticks to care. The snorkel crowd were oblivious to the damage they were doing focused on bringing back good pictures to their faraway towns and cities.
If half the people going out there to the coral reefs or even a quarter (what I saw on my boat) do this over and over, day after day, what hope do we have. Plenty of foreigners were on the boat. Did they understand the minimal instructions? I think that the concessionaires should have someone in the water with the snorkel divers at low tide to watch them and instruct people to swim horizontally, i.e. always keep their fins and body horizontal so they don't kick the coral. I got a tsk tsk from the captain when I got back and reported it.
|Yes, it is deep here, but that is how many were over the Coral.|
Something has to be done at John Pennekamp State Park to save what little coral we have left. How about a flyer with a big fat red X over vertical bodies and underwater kicking of fins.