The Coral Communicator
Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the ADEX conference in Singapore. And, as many of you could have already guessed my talk was about…. wait for it… CORALS!
ReefDivers.io is a website I created to share my passion for scuba diving and coral reefs, and one by one scuba divers are starting to recognizing corals. So I was excited when someone came up to me during the event and asked, “Nikki, have you seen your article in the Asian Diver Magazine Big Blue Book?”
The Big Blue Book is no ordinary magazine, it is an annual special edition publication by Asian Dive released for the ADEX show. This year, the book along with ADEX is being dedicated to shark, in conjunction with the international year of the reef.
Part of my job writing about corals also involves sending out guest contributions to magazines, and websites to reach a wider audience, and I had all but forget about my article for Asian Diver Magazine. No matter how many articles I publish online, there is still always something exciting about seeing your name in print, especially when someone else mentions it to you first!
Despite submitting my own article you can never be too sure what the title will be so I was pleasantly surprised when they named me The Coral Communicator! Some of you may remember when last year I was named the coral communicator for PADI and I am glad to see the nickname is catching on.
What it means to me to be a coral communicator, is less of a coral whisperer, and more about bridging the communication gap between coral reefs and scuba divers. I try to communicate the beauty and diversity of corals, in a way that inspires scuba divers, snorkelers, and underwater enthusiasts to see the reef with new eyes.
I truly believe that once you start looking for corals underwater, and you start diving with the intentions to see corals, your perception of the underwater landscape evolves and diving will never be the same way again.
I hope you find that inspiration in the pages of the Asian Dive Magazine Big Blue Book, and while browsing our coral section on ReefDivers.io. Leave a comment below if ReefDivers has made you look at coral in a whole new light 😀