How to Swim with Turtles Ethically in Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve

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6 Responses

  1. Julie says:

    Thank you for this! I have snorkeled with turtles before with an island hopping tour in the Philippines. We didn’t do any of the things you suggested. Even when I was there, the experience felt wrong. It felt like we were harassing these poor turtles.

    • Teja says:

      Oh yes! It is much worse when the first example modelled by your actual tour guide, is not responsible. I thought the footage I got from this encounter was perfect to show people how the turtle ought to be moving, if it does not mind that you’re there, and how and when these ethical decisions are made when you’re really in the moment. Plus, isn’t the encounter way more awesome?

  2. Lynnette says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. As divers ourselves, we see way too often people touching or chasing marine life without any idea the effects it has. We are always educating people on the correct way to observe creatures, above and below the waves.

    • Teja says:

      Yes, we need to continue educating people! I think the touching problem is worse in the water, because we seem to act as though sea creatures are touchy-feely mammals, like dogs and cats, when the vast majority of sea creatures are just not.

  3. Alma says:

    So lovely to see such healthy coral! Such important tips on how to swim ethically with any of our marine animals. Great post!

    • Teja says:

      Thank you! Yes, I was surprised to see it so healthy when it’s so warm there.

      I tried to keep the tips as short as possible to make it easy to remember. Really just two on the approach, and two in the encounter itself.

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