Scuba diver Nguyen Van Duc is dedicated to cleaning the ocean and he hopes his work will inspire others to do the same. Scuba diver Duc picked up soft drink cans from the seabed during one of his dives. — Photo courtesy of Nguyen Van Duc When he first took the water 17 years ago, the 38-year-old was shocked to see the impact of waste on marine life. Born and raised in Dien Khanh District, Khanh Hoa City, Duc pursued his higher education at Nha Trang University (formerly the University of Fisheries). After graduation, he obtained his PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification in 2007. With almost two decades working as a scuba driver, Duc has made numerous ‘friends’ along the way: well-camouflaged toadfish, vibrant scorpionfish, or a particular eel that become acquainted with Duc and his colleagues. "During my dives to collect the trash, some fish actually recognise me, then they would start swimming close to me," he said. The underwater camera that he takes with him on every trip captures more than just the wonders of the underwater world. "It was haunting to look back at the photos and witness the destruction happening under the sea because of plastic waste," Duc said…. Read full this story
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