Within PADI it's always been possible for individual instructors to write speciality courses that are perhaps only relevant in a small area and that makes loads of sense in some cases, unique situations sometimes require specialist skills so I can see the logic but occasionally it gets out of hand, a few years agoI remember reading about an instructor who was offering a speciality in the "eco kick" fin stroke e.g. frog kick! Which to my mind was just taking the p**s but this latest one is far more disturbing since the powers that be in PADI HQ have seen fit to endorse it.
Georgia Aquarium in the good old US of A is offering a PADI Aquarium Whale Shark or Manta speciality certification where you can dive in the aquarium with a whale shark or manta. These are not animals used for research, they weren’t rescued and too badly injured to be returned to the wild they are just exploiting these poor animals and encouraging this kind of wild capture trade. Here is the link to the Aquarium https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/expe...ertifications/
and here is a link to the change petition https://www.change.org/p/julie-taylo...8FeiiD2etBLVeE
And I'd ask, if you know any PADI course directors why not let them know that you think!