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Jana Ray
image from video by Keller Laros 2015/03/06
Number: 186
Name: Jana
Sex: Female
Current Size: 4'-5'
Last Sighting: February 19, 2013
First Size: ~3'(pup)
First Sighting: August 8, 2011
Jana Ray
image from video by Dane Knezek 2011/08/08
I first saw Jana Ray on 8/8/11 at the Keauhou site. While she swam awkwardly and near the bottom, she was eager to come up to my lights and seemed inquisitive. She was already home to a remora that was several inches long. I assume she is very young, and was surprised to see that she already had a vertical cut on her wing indicative of a fishing line injury. She is named for my mom, Jana, who is resiliently battling lymphoma. She is a strong woman and my role model, and I owe her the world.