Scuba Diver Issue 4/2014, TTL No. 11
ControverSEA: Diving into Thorny Issues
Diving is generally a happy-go-lucky activity; depending on where you are, it’s all
sunshine and beaches, or rugged adventuring in the high seas. But this sport can also raise serious, thought provoking questions that touch on morality, environmental responsibility and even politics.
We decided it was time to face some of the most contentious subjects in the world of scuba, head on. We’re also being a bit controversial ourselves, taking liberties, mixing it up, and, for one issue, departing from our usual format to bring you excursions into the realms of ideas rather than exclusively into the realms of “place”.
One of the most divisive issues in the industry is that of baited shark dives where sharks are fed or lured in with chum. On page 38, we have gathered opinions from experts and shark enthusiasts from the world, and even Pierre Cousteau has weighed in.
We shine a light on the issues surrounding diving gravesites, and consider a dive on one of Egypt’s most controversial wrecks, the Salem Express (p.50). We linger in the Middle East with a look at the beautiful seascapes of Israel’s Eilat, and speculate whether a country’s politics or policies should affect your decision to dive it (p.30).
Pushing the difficult questions even further, on page 66 we find out if you really do need a DSLR, and on page 60 we challenge you to determine just how far it’s ok to go in pursuit of your next great shot. We get extreme with Photoshop (p.80), giving you a software tutorial that will have the purists up in arms… literally…
Are you ready to get controversial?
Crown Of Thorns
Does this reviled echinoderm deserve its not-so-holy reputation?
FROM THE FIELD
By Scott “Gutsy” Tuason
Drifting through the open ocean, at night, looking for the denizens of the dark and deep, takes some nerve
INTERVIEW WITH A PRO
Lia Barrett tells us about being a woman in an industry dominated by men, and how documenting a freediving tragedy produced one of the most controversial images ever taken of this extreme sport
AUSTRALASIA UNDERWATER PHOTO COMPETITION
The 20 images shortlisted in the competition; choose your favourite and vote for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD!
ISRAEL: DIVE INTO POLITICS
By Various Contributors
The diving is stunning off Eilat’s Red Sea coast, but a dive trip here means holidaying in one of the world’s most contentious states
TO FEED OR NOT TO FEED?
By Various Contributors
The subject of baited shark dives certainly ignites debate. We gather opinions from experts and enthusiasts around the world
By Rod Macdonald and Christian Llewellyn
Shipwrecks make dramatic, haunting dive sites. But vessels often go down with a loss of life, meaning that many wrecks are also graves, raising questions about how we treat them
THE POWER OF THE SMALL
By Tim Ho
Think you need an expensive SLR to get professional quality images? Think again. Tim lets us in on the secret power of the compact
BLACK AS NIGHT
By Christian Skuage
Put your subjects in the limelight by throwing the background into darkness
By Erin Quigley
Making a statement about the use of Photoshop and a tutorial on a radical technique, but is this going too far?