On the last day of manta safari, the team is still energetic in conducting manta survey while also learning about scientific writing.

Figure 1. Manta Encounter

The team encountered three young baby manta rays that swim freely in The Cauldron, a famous dive site of Komodo National Park to encounter manta rays and other marine wildlife.

Figure 2. Learning how to produce scientific writing

Between our dive intervals, our guest speaker, who is also the first alumni of the internship program provided a valuable lesson on scientific writing to the interns. They learned further on building their critical thinking in writing papers and were encouraged to publish their thesis research in the international journal.

At our last dive of manta survey, we were drifted and blown away to watch thousands of schooling fusilier and encounter a young juvenile hawksbill turtle.

Throughout the whole week of manta survey, we have been given a proper facility by Dive Komodo crew and our dive instructor, Rian. He has also given interns and mentors valuable lesson on proper diving and dive safety.

As it is the last day of our manta survey, before arriving back to Labuan Bajo, the whole team discussed a further potential future career in conservation and finally the mentors motivated the interns to persuade their career goal that they are passionate about.

Niomi Pridina

Niomi Pridina

Niomi earned her B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran. After successfully completing MIP-2014, she joined MantaWatch as the Education and Research Coordinator, and participated in MIP-2015 and MIP-2016 as a trainer and mentor. She has worked as a communication intern for the International Pole and Line Foundation, where she helped to communicate and […]