First of all, I wish this board good luck. Fish collecting, whether you go scuba diving in the topics, or seine local rivers, is a natural progression in the hobby.
I would hope that those of you that do post here would take the time and make the effort to be a voice that broadcasts being safety above all. Exchange ideas and information on sites, equipment, and the subject of safety.
That being said, Scuba diving is unique in that one can observe, not only the fish we see at our lfs's but we can also interact with these creatures. We can observe giant rays, feed sharks, and HUGE groupers. we can watch shrimp and crab scurry about the reefs. Yes, this can be done from the four walls of our abodes, but there is a sheer, indescribable beauty beneath the surface of the sea. Observing these creatures in their natural habitat is life altering. I would liken it to a trip to the Vatican for those of religious persuasion. Or maybe a trip to the ancient ruins of Europe, Egypt and other parts of the ancient world. Truly a rapturous feeling.
Partake, admire the wonder, discuss your experience. Once you go, you'll be hooked.
But, first of all play SAFE!!!
Last edited by herefishy; 12-06-2008 at 02:13 AM..