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THE VIEW YOU SEE OUT OF A DIVING MASK
Get a "richer" experience of fish and animals SCUBA or freediving than you will ever get at an aquarium.
Los Angeles, CA – February 23, 2021 (updated November 21, 2013)
If you have visited a zoo or an aquarium lately, you will notice that many of them strive to make their habitats as natural and as much like the wild – well, as the wild. And though we applaud all the good educational and research work by places like this and we certainly appreciate the rescue work of any organization, we can’t help but think that when people get involved with wildlife, nine times out of ten we humanize (often times unintentionally) the fish and animals. Anthropomorphism (aka humanization) is when we believe animals to "act" like human beings. In a recent study the USA citizens are increasingly found to humanize wildlife and trends veried by state, education levels and income.
Frequently, the bad behavior we see in domestic or captured fish and animals is a direct result of not getting their natural needs met. From the stress of their capture to the lack of exercise, lack of space, lack of appropriate social structures, animals misbehave or act differently than they would in their natural environment. A prime example of this can be seen in the movie/documentary Blackfish. And though nature can be more harsh, when you see wildlife in their natural environment there is a tranquility, a “rightness”, a sense that that is exactly where they belong.
Do you know that in the ocean you never see a sea lion or a dolphin swimming around and around in a circle like you do many times when they are in captivity. They are busy exploring their vast ocean world, interacting with each other and watching out for and protecting both themselves and their family from predators.
When you scuba or freedive, you go into that natural world. You not only learn what the fish and animals are, but also how they interact with each other and their relationship to the natural underwater marine environment. You see their true behaviors. The ocean inhabitants are never isolated; you see different species together and how they act toward and around each other.
It may seem tough to see animals from other continents other than in an aquarium, zoo or wildlife refuge. However, we have lots of access to water, ocean or fresh, in southern California, throughout this country and around the World, and scuba and freedive lessons typically are much less expensive than say an African safari. Did you know that there are estimates that there are over a million scuba dives made a year in Los Angeles? Come join us to observe our local marine life in their natural habitats which happens to be one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world.
At Malibu Divers we teach you everything you need to know to be a skilled and safe diver and most of all we explore a natural ocean world and teach you to recognize and, most of all, to respect all that you see. Scuba and freediving will give you a much broader and accurate education and experience than you will ever get at an aquarium. Contact Malibu Divers today.
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