Having a marine life or fish identification book on hand is a FISHTASTIC tool for any aspiring Eco-Diver.
While most of us simply enjoy the weird and wonderful organisms we see underwater, going beyond the casual sightseer role and becoming an informed observer adds a whole other level to your dive experience. By just adding a little bit of information, you can learn the names, habitats and roles of the critters you are seeing and instead of seeing a fish or coral, you see a thriving ecosystem that is all connected.
Armed with some knowledge, you can play a vital role to the research of marine ecologists and biologists. By understanding what you see, you have the ability to notice and report new or rising damage to the underwater environment and can help others understand the need to protect our oceans.