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image by Kevin MacDonald 2016/10/24
Number: 258
Name: Dory
Sex: Female
Current Size: ~10'-12"
Last Sighting: October 24, 2016
First Size: ~10'-12'
First Sighting: October 24, 2016
This was our first trip to Hawaii and we were very lucky to see a lot of sea life that I was told was not common to see like this Pelagic Manta. My wife was the first to spot the manta so I would like it named Dory after her. We were diving with Jacks Diving Locker on the morning (beginner) dive on October 24 2016 at the Manta Ray Bay dive site in Kona. We didn’t want to get up to early to dive even though we had three instructors and a dive master in our group. That worked out to our advantage and the crew kept so together in our own group. We were able to get in first and get out last and that made the difference. It seemed like every dive we saw something great in the first 5 minutes. We were in the water for about eight minutes or so when we came across the Pelagic Manta. I would say it was 10 to 12 feet and stayed with us for about 5 to 10 minutes.