This video was shared to DIVE.in on our Facebook page with a question, if this was dangerous behavior.
When I saw this I got so angry, not on the person who shared it, but on the dive guide. He clearly wanted to put on a show for his guests, and therefore decided to use this porcupine puffer fish as his entertainment props.
We earlier covered a related topic where a new dive guide didn’t know how to behave towards dive guests with this behavior: You can read and join the discussion here: The Bad Diver and Aquatic Awareness
The worst dive behavior
I’m really sad to share a video like this, but I feel it’s the only way to stop a behavior like this.
It’s a bad practice to touch anything underwater, but to deliberately chase and catch a puffer fish is just cruel. You can also read our guide on becoming a sustainable diver.
Do Puffer fish die when they puff up?
The biggest concern is actually what happens to the puffer fish when the dive guide makes it blow up.
When a puffer fish puffs up, it takes in water to increase the size. This makes the puffers organs move to the side, inside the body and the organs flattens. This causes an extreme stress to the puffer fish. In some cases the puffer fish dies from this stress.
What would you do in this case?
Have you ever seen a diver touch or harm underwater life? What did you do to stop it?
Often divers don’t know what harm, the touch of humans does to marine life, we as divers have a responsibility to share our knowledge, and stop the ones destroying our environment.