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image by James Begeman 2014/09/19
Number: 219
Name: Kenzie Ray
Sex: Female
Current Size: ~4'
Last Sighting: September 19, 2014
First Size: ~4'
First Sighting: May 25, 2014
Kenzie Ray
image by Kenzie Twitchell 2014/05/25
I first saw Kenzie Ray on May 25, 2014 around noon while diving at Turtle Heaven in Kona. She was about 4' max. She spent two to three minutes swimming around us and seemed moderately curious as to what we were doing. I followed her and swam under her to get these shots, and she seemed not to care. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to dive with mantas; this is the first one I have seen in the wild and I am happy to say I now have "my own manta!" I am an Oahu resident and avid diver and hope to come back and see Kenzie again in the future!