• Question: where have you scuba dived?

    Asked by made499rya to Alexander dB, Erin P, hayleypincott, Isabelle S, Martin M, Michael S on 21 Feb 2024.
    • Photo: Erin Pallott

      Erin Pallott answered on 21 Feb 2024:

      I’ve never scuba-dived. I find large open water a bit scary!! Good thing I’m not a marine biologist.

    • Photo: Isabelle Secord

      Isabelle Secord answered on 22 Feb 2024:

      I have scuba dived in the Maldives, Dubai and I am hoping to go diving in the Red Sea in Egypt next month! I have also planned a trip to Australia in the summer so I can go and see the Great Barrier reef. Most of these trips were due to my own interest, but as a biologist I love seeing all the different creatures and plants that live underwater! My favourite animal to see is the black-tipped reef shark! 🦈

    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 22 Feb 2024:

      Never done it… But I have a friend who loves it!

    • Photo: Hayley Pincott

      Hayley Pincott answered on 23 Feb 2024:

      I’m not allowed to scuba dive because of an operation I had on my lungs, but I have been snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef and saw a few sea cucumbers, a turtle and a couple of black tip reef sharks so I really don’t feel that I missed out.

    • Photo: Michael Schubert

      Michael Schubert answered on 26 Feb 2024:

      Lots of places! I have been diving in France, Mexico, the Caribbean, America, Canada, and more. Some of the most interesting trips were:

      – I went diving in Hawai’i to check green sea turtles for cancer. The good news is, most of them were fine! I also met a baby octopus and some beautiful nudibranchs (sea slugs).

      – I did cavern diving in Mexico, which was quite scary. Even though we had torches and glow sticks, there were parts of the tunnels that were so dark we had to find our way through blindly by following a rope. (Never do this without an experienced guide and safety protocols!)

      – I did a quarry dive in Pennsylvania. At the bottom of the quarry, you could explore the wreck of a crashed biplane. It was such a small plane you couldn’t go inside (unlike many shipwrecks you can explore), but it was a very eerie thing to see under the water. (Wrecks are another thing you shouldn’t do without experience; it can be easy to get lost inside one.)

    • Photo: Alexander de Bruin

      Alexander de Bruin answered on 26 Feb 2024:

      I’ve not ever gone diving – closest I’ve done is snorkelling in the south of France!