Awareness of maintaining marine ecosystems is still quite low. There are still many tourists who ignore the beauty of the sea and its contents by littering or stepping on coral reefs. Therefore, a swim with whale sharks tour is held with the aim of providing information about the marine ecosystem that must be maintained. This activity does not interfere with whale sharks at all, instead of introducing to tourists that fish, coral reefs and other marine animals must be preserved.
Doing tours on the sea cannot be done just like that. Especially if you swim in an area that has a lot of coral reefs. To be a good tourist, participating in the preservation of coral reefs is a positive thing. The following are 4 steps to keep coral reefs from being damaged when diving in the sea:
– Don’t Touch Coral Reefs, Except for Emergencies
If only for taking pictures, do not ever hold a coral reef. Both hard and soft. Because this will damage the part of the coral reef. Unless you are in a precarious situation. For example, being dragged down.
– Don’t hold soft coral
Unlike hard coral reefs, soft corals should not be held, under any circumstances. This is because soft corals are sensitive living things. The process of growth and development requires quite a long time and functions as a place to live fish.
– Must Float If You Are in Shallow Sea
Some snorkeling spots are also located in shallow water. When meeting a spot like this, you have to keep your body afloat and not touch the bottom. If you panic then change the standing position in the water, it will make the coral step on. In shallow water, ships or boats are also strictly prohibited from lowering anchors.
– Don’t Feed Me Fish at Sea
Instead, divers also do not feed fish. This was conceived because it could damage the foraging patterns of these animals. Because food is available at sea for these fish. Tourists may only give food to fish while in captivity.