Photos of Marine Wildlife Animals
Because of widespread recognition among protected area managers and experts that the "feeding the bears" syndrome is a serious problem, stringent educational programs, regulations, and enforcement have been Fish are surprisingly fast learners as well as opportunistic feeders, and our efforts to feed them may lead to increased risk of falling prey themselves or attempting to use food sources that may be harmful. In general, animals are adapted to rely upon certain natural foods found in their environments to satisfy all their nutritional needs, and other foodstuffs may be unhealthy for them. First, unnatural feeding opportunities,may lead to lasting behavioral changes that may in the long term, prove counterproductive. There are several ways in which such activities may be harmful.
Such activities constitute serious behavioral disruptions for marine life, and threaten their health and survival. Trying to communicate feelings of affection, support, or understanding by petting or feeding marine animals may be satisfying to humans, but all available scientific evidence suggests that such practices actually harm the intended "friend". Perhaps the purveyors of such images are trying to convey the idea to timid diving prospects that our oceans are really safe and friendly places; nonetheless, regardless of the reasons, the activities these images and the dive marketing community are promoting in this regard constitute advocating an environmentally unsound policy. Scenes of scuba divers engaging in such activities are frequent in dive tourism advertising. An unfortunate trend within the marketing segment of the sport diving industry has been to increasingly encourage and promote the feeding, touching and/or handling of marine life.