A muck stick or scuba dive lobster pointer is a fantastic tool to act as a monopod while taking pictures. It keeps the photographer, and your camera, from making contact with the reef, and can help support the weight of a heavy DSLR or vid rig and keep the photog in place, especially during macro shooting.
For true "muck diving", you need a pretty long stick like 10”,12”,14” , as the silt can be deep. Lembeh in particular had muck that was very deep and making any kind of contact with it resulted in an instant siltstorm
It is very helpful to have a wrist lanyard attached to the stick, and rather than trying to telescope one up my wetsuit sleeve, I just clip the lanyard off on my harness and tuck the rod into my waiststrap, or if carrying a pony, clip it off to that and store it in the bungies.
lobster pointers you see in the market are made of aluminum ,stainless steel or titanium . regular sizes are 8mm dia X26CM,28CM,30MM,32MM,34CM,36CM,38CM .these dive losbter tickle pointer stick are used for holding still/balancing off the bottom for photos or videos. Works well and doesn't disturb anything, no need to kick and work nicely for pointing out nudies, frogfish
Scuba dive lobster stick pointers can be used to: 1. Steady one while taking a photo...though since my photos are generally crap on paper it doesn't matter to me. 2. Whacking pesky sharks on the nose if they start to eat me. 3. Whacking pesky orca on the nose if they start to eat me. 4. Whacking pesky Humbolt squid on the .....the....the...pecker...if they start to eat me. 5. Pulling myself along a wreck against current. 6. Pushing into plate coral to keep me from being downswept on wall dives....or, failing that, to give someone a place to start looking once I have been downswept to the bottom...follow the stick marks in the plate coral. 7. Locating other divers in murky conditions...when you hear "ouch" you have found one. 8. Snagging ill trained divers as they blow past me at 200' per minute up the anchor line. 9. Punching ill trained divers in the scrotal area from below when they clog up the anchor or down line at EXACTLY 15 feet. 10. Stabbing flounder...can be used for stabbing cobia, but generally they will kick your ass and knock your teeth out if you do. 11. Prying open and then holding open the mouth of a GDGW or BMFT if he has swallowed me and I have to crawl back out. 12. On the way to the dive location it can be used in lieu of a Monadnock Prosecutor to dissuade car jackers, armed robbers..