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Jan 26th 2013 1:51PM It looks to me like they are in sand patches with a few nearby (calcareous algae) patches, and they're too deep for much coral. The best way to NOT chase off large animals is to hunker down and watch. I think these divers are entirely appropriate. My cert level is PADI OWSI and i have a few dives. It's easy to "armchair" speculate about how one should handle a, possibly, once in a lifetime experience. If I ever see space ships flying over, I will make certain I observe any "keep of the grass" signs. LOL! I think this is the best whale video ever. I've seen whale videos, but nothing that, so well, conveys the excitement of the encounter. I get, what we called in the 70's) a "contact high" every time I've watched it!