Field Frame Friday: Be a courteous neighbor, and look but don’t touch.

When out observing nature, it is best to keep your hands to yourself. Not just because animals like this Lionfish (Genus‎: ‎Pterois) are venemous to humans, but because environmental disturbance can negatively affect the animals in their natural environment.

[Photo by Nick Chudeau; Caption by Karli Chudeau]

Reference

Dearden, P., Theberge, & M., Yasué, M. (2010). Using underwater cameras to assess the effects of snorkeler and SCUBA diver presence on coral reef fish abundance, family richness, and species composition. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 163(1-4), 531-538.

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