Beware, men of the deep — there’s danger lurking down below when you go diving naked.
While drifting bare-bummed under the waves sounds enchanting, there can be hazards to be aware of, warns Ken Holliday, the co-owner of Northwest Scuba, who after 30 years of teaching ran his first nude scuba lesson last weekend at Scona pool.
He once saw a sea creature chomp on the penis of a man diving in his birthday suit instead of a bathing suit, going for it like a worm on a hook.
While the victim wasn’t seriously injured, “they did put their hand on it in a hurry,” Holliday says.
“In the ocean, big fish eat things that dangle,” he explains. “The big fish eat the little fish … It’s like swimming with sharks. If you put your finger out, it looks like food to them.”
He also knows someone who has been repeatedly stung by jellyfish diving nude near Jamaica, which might have been a less painful experience if they were covered up.