Scuba diver ridiculously photobombs epic lobster video

Published February 7, 2019 2,527 Views $0.04 earned

Rumble / Ocean LifeIt's happened to all of us at one point or another. We've been taking pictures or video and somebody inadvertently gets into the field of view. It's only natural that whatever we are trying to capture on camera is interesting enough that others will want to see it too. And sometimes, their eagerness makes it difficult for them to notice that they are getting in our way. We've probably all been the culprits in such a scenario as well. And it's a very forgivable thing. Usually, these events result in an embarrassed laugh, an apology, and no harm done. It can even happen underwater, as it did with these scuba divers in the Cayman Islands.

Our cameraman has patiently waited for the rest of his group to get a look at some large lobsters hiding in the coral. They are particularly big specimens, and their hiding spot is colorful. The lobsters have attracted a fair bit of attention. After everybody has had a peek and gotten their photographs, the videographer moves in for his turn, confident that he will not be in anybody's way as he gets a minute of footage.

Through the hole in the coral, a diver can be seen making his way back to get another look. He rounds the coral head and looks directly at the camera. Surely, he see what's happening and will watch from a respectful distance. He then disappears out of sight. The cameraman focuses on the creatures in front of him and records happily. His first clue that something is amiss is when bubbles appear from directly below. Then, about 20 seconds later, he is bumped by the incoming diver's head and scuba tank. The diver has crawled along the sand, under the diver with the camera and has then come up along the coral to wedge himself between them. Startled, the cameraman lifts his fins and swims up and away from the diver below. His camera turns down and records the diver beneath him.

In the scuba diving world, it is considered poor etiquette to intentionally swim under another diver, or into his or her fins. It is especially poor form to swim upward into their crotch, especially if they are in the middle of filming. this will result in a startled diver and the sudden disappearance of the subject animal. Convinced that this was an innocent mistake, our cameraman retreats to wait for another opportunity. But considering how close the diver was to the coral head, the incoming diver had to put some serious effort into coming between them.
Photo bombing has actually become "a thing", and most scuba divers also have a healthy sense of humor. In this case, the cameraman looked at the footage later and shared a good laugh with fellow divers. But he can't help but wonder how this could have been unintentional. Either way, he got his footage in the end and it all worked out. No harm, no foul, as they say.

Yet, the mystery remains. How could a diver put himself unintentionally in the middle of this video. It would be equally poor form to ask another diver: "Good sir, did you just intentionally swim down and under me to wreck my epic giant lobster video?"

Perhaps those watching would be kind enough to leave a comment. Is this a scuba prank or an oblivious diver?