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image from video by Keller Laros 2012/04/30
Number: 3
Name: W
Sex: Female
Current Size: ~10'
Last Sighting: April 30, 2012
First Size: unknown
First Sighting: 1979
Original photo from video by Keller Laros

Wis a moderately large female about 10' across and easily recognized by the large W mark between her gills. She is very friendly and is often seen with snorkelers near the surface as well as with divers on the bottom. She has even appeared in an Imax Movie. W was first seen at the Kona Surf in 1979 by Captain Steve Myklebust of Sandwich Isle Divers.