Travel and diving representative of the Coralia in Raja Ampat, Indonesia! I came back from my trip in mid-February and would like to share my experience with you. I hope you are cheering at this time of uncertainty. One thing I am sure of is that the sun always comes out and this will also go away. We’ll all enjoy our world soon!
I was greeted by my old friends Jerry and Debbie and it felt like I was coming home! Friendships that last regardless of time and how often you actually see each other are great. We are from the same tribe, divers who are passionate about our oceans and our future.
Dr. Andrea Marshall directed the trip for Ray of Hope expeditions. Andrea is the lead scientist and co-founder of Manta Rays and other Pelagics for Marine Megafauna Foundation. Your mission is one that I wholeheartedly support: A world in which marine life + human life thrive together. This is not just a dream, but a necessity so that people can continue to enjoy life on our planet.
Andrea is an enthusiastic supporter of Citizen Science: “It is a rewarding and life-changing experience to make a difference in this area and to play an active role in protecting our oceans.”
I love doing these diving trips. I have done it for so many years that every trip I take means that I meet other divers I have met on these and other expeditions. The Scuba Diving Community is enthusiastic about diving and the sea.
On these trips we look for manta rays to take identification photos of the animals and see how many new manta rays are on site, as well as to check manta rays that have been seen before. It is important to pay attention to sex, injuries and behavior. These photos are uploaded to a database that is available to all of us. Manta Matcher. Manta Matcher is a citizen scientist’s dream because if we dive with manta rays all over the world, you can load ID photos and expand scientific research.
I take a lot of ID photos of Manta Rays, but I always have trouble taking great photos of Manta Rays in places like Indonesia. Where there are manta rays, there is food in the water and a lot of current. I haven’t taken this one photo yet, the photo I’m excited about. But just seeing and watching them is enough. I love these animals and when they choose to interact, it’s pure joy!
Of course, we see many other fish in Indonesia, the most biodiverse ocean ecosystem in the world. Enjoy these photos from our first diving days! Diving representative!
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