I'm curious to hear about other people's dive hobbies. By dive hobby, I mean a hobby you do while diving, like underwater photography, cave diving, treasure hunting, etc. I'm curious how people got into these hobbies and what draws people to them.
Me? I'm a fish counter. Fish counting involves conducting surveys where I ID the fish I see and keep a general count of them (1, 2-10, 11-100, or more than 100) on a slate. The data is then uploaded to a database that scientists, environmentalists, and anyone else who's interested can access freely.
So how did I get into this? Did I read Dr. Suess' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish too many times as a child? No, I ran into a diver conducting a survey on a trip. We struck up a conversation and I thought it was really cool that he knew all the fish names. And I thought that it was cool that he was doing something that eventually would help science, the environment, and all that. So I got a couple of fish ID books and when I couldn't figure it out on my own, I went on a survey trip offered by REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation). And I've been fish counting ever since.
So what do you do while you dive? How'd you get into it, and what keeps you doing it?