Marjo, I agree with nothing that you have said! If David Doubliet can handle marine life to make money then so can DiverDon. So if you do not think I should be doing it, then you are way off base saying this guy has some special privilege which the rest of us lack. Whats next David Doubliet using a sea turtle for a DPV? By you logic thats fine, after all he is the worlds foremost yada yada!
I was not going to post anything on this thread anymore, because I feel there is not much to be added one way or the other. I am replying because you are addressing me directly. However, regardless, this will be my last port here, unless the discussion moves toward a more constructive direction.
Diver Don, you do not need to agree with me.
And I do think that you Diver Don, should also be able to handle Nudies, if your handling of nudies would draw attantion to the oceans at the same or similar scale as DDs images, if you went thru the same rigorous preparations and research as DD did before this project, if you have the same or simliar level knowledge and experience of handling underwater marine life as he did, if you had sought the same scientific advise and had the same support from everyone involved etc etc
Somehow I just don't think that you are quite there yet, Don. Yes, I do think that DD has "priviledges" that some of us lack at this point and I think that is a good thing.
Your remarks about using a turtle as a DPV are uncalled for and indicative of your motivations for posting.
I am sorry Diver Don, you are addressing someone right now that on a day-to-day basis is grappling with the frustrating task of trying to enlighten decision makers within their own community and to try to stop destructive development, dumpping of sewage on the the reefs, tremblenetting etc etc What I see here in my island EVERYDAY is how things are going down the tube for the simple reason that those who are in power DO NOT KNOW what is there under the surface, and in the extension they do not care. The best (and somethimes it feels like ONLY) good tool I have is my (and others) images of the underwater world. So I know first hand what real impact images carry. Like someone very wise and far more expereinced in this field than myslef recently told me, the purpose of of all who are part of the dive industry should be "to make someone care". Those are words that I will carry with me.
I wish you all find the same joy and inspiration when you watch those images as I do. I wish you will all one day have some of the same positive impact on the oceans as Mr. Doubilet has had over the years and still has. This is officially my last reply on this matter in their tread. Anyone wishing to continue a constructive discussion with me is welcome to PM me tho.
Ps. I won't be checking in on this wetpixel probably until monday as I am off now to arrange a fundraiser for the benefit of educating our community here on St. Croix of the importance of the reefs. The event, which is on Sunday, will feature live music and an underwater photo competition as well as lots of disseminating information about protecting our reefs. A big part of what we are doing is to try to educate kids and get them into the water so that they can SEE what is in there. Anyone interested in doing something similar in your community is welcome to contact me, you can check out our website at http://www.reefjam.com
Edited by Marjo, 23 May 2008 - 12:24 PM.