We have our Philippines trip coming up in less than a week, and this time we managed to pack a marine biologist from our staff along with us. She may be as small as your carry on luggage but @chutney_babburjung
carries a wealth of info about the oceans and all things in it that she would love to share with you.
"I never mind being in the same site for the fifth time - for me the experience of being under water - where there are no sounds other than your own breath and heart beat, is exhilarating. It's also a huge privilege - to see what was hidden for most of human history and what still isn't accesible for many.
I'm a fan of small creatures, I can spend all my dive time looking for them in the sand. That's why I decided on marine ecology course. And it changed my diving for ever. Now I know how to observe octopus, how to understand communication between the species, I learned how to differentiate between the fishes and that some of them are farmers! They farm (and guard) their own seaweed fields. I learned to appreciate corals and their diversity and complexity - and how fragile they are. @chutney_babburjung
spent long hours answering my questions about coral bleaching and how it affects not only the oceans but the whole planet. This really changed the way I am looking at the oceans. It made me wanting to protect it and to save this fragile ecosystem. Now every dive is not only exhilarating fun and incesable wonder - it's also observing behaviours of the animals and the state of the reef. I'm not a fun diver anymore, I am an aware diver" says Kasia Boni, recently certified underwater naturalist