ERIC Number: ED293719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Oceanography for Divers: Hazardous Marine Life. Diver Education Series.
Somers, Lee H.
Most people find that the life of the marine environment is beautiful and fascinating. Of the thousands of marine animals and plants, relatively few constitute a real hazard to the diver. Although some species are dangerous and may, in some instances, inflict serious wounds, with a few exceptions marine animals are not aggressive. Most knowledgeable divers feel that it is through the diver's own carelessness that injury results. It is advisable that they be able to recognize animals that are capable of inflicting damage, know how to avoid injury, and be able to administer proper first aid in event of injury inflicted by marine organisms. This discussion characterizes the major groups of marine animals that are known hazards to divers. No attempt has been made to discuss individual species in detail. Geographically, the discussion concentrates on the tropical waters of Florida, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas; however, reference has also been made to animals of the western coast of the United States and the South Seas (including Australia's Great Barrier Reef). Also included are discussions of marine and freshwater plants and diving in polluted waters. (CW)
Descriptors: Animals, Aquatic Sports, College Science, Earth Science, Higher Education, Informal Education, Marine Education, Oceanography, Pollution, Recreational Activities, Science Education, Swimming, Underwater Diving, Zoology
Michigan Sea Grant Publications, 2200 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2099 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD. National Sea Grant Program.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Michigan Sea Grant Coll. Program.
Note: For related documents, see SE 049 104-105.