Intern’s Diary: Dragons and Diving

This week there are two highlight of my internship with MantaWatch. First of all, the fact that I couldn’t dive for a day! Well this is because I spent too much time in certain depth (if I’m not wrong, I think it’s around 25-27 m). I did realize that there was something wrong with my dive computer because it showed that I have to come up (ascending time) to shallow water no more that 3 m. But because Andy and Ichsan looked fine, so I thought maybe it is fine. That was my first mistake. After I surface, the computer started beeping and showing error sign. And I thought maybe the error would go away itself. That was my second mistake. So the following day I went diving again, and it still showing error. So I asked Andy why, and he told me that I shouldn’t dive anymore until the computer stop showing error, and he told me that I won’t get a decompression sickness (phew!), only a higher risk to get one. So I have to sit on the boat for a day.

But that day turned up pretty great when Andy told me that whether we want to switch boat from Divine Diving boat to DiveKomodo boat because they are going to Rinca Island to see the dragon! Of course I said yes immediately! I have been waiting for that moment! And that was my second highlight of this week, to finally see the dragon!

Watch out Dita, the dragons look hungry!


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About Anindita Rustandi

I have loved the oceans ever since I was a little girl, and always watched underwater documentaries on TV. I followed my dream and I am now a student at the Faculty of Fishery and Marine Science at Padjadjaran University. As an archipelago, many people in Indonesia depend on a healthy ocean yet few understand the importance of protecting it. I know my generation has a great challenge ahead and I am excited to be selected for a Guy’s Trust MantaWatch Award to help me prepare for this challenge, to contribute to improving manta ray research in Indonesia, and to fulfill my dream of diving with a manta ray in its natural habitat.