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Harassing Animals and Coral to Attract Business

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Steve Cohen (Annandale, VA) wrote to Undercurrent to report bad diving practices by a dive center in the Philippines. He writes, "Not only do they post pictures of their customers sitting on coral, grabbing coral, harassing undersea life and so on, on their social media page, they also advertise, 'Come chase cuttlefish, turtles etc.' Their operation is aimed at brand-new and very inexperienced divers. Ignorant or stupid, or both?"

Since writing to us, Cohen says Pink Turtle Dive has removed the pictures of divers sitting on coral that were shared to the Scuba Diving group on its Facebook page. Undercurrent has seen some of them, and they appear to be inexperienced divers (often without fins) probably on 'discover scuba' experiences and being handled by dive guides....

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