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Number: 6
Name: Shadow
Sex: Male
Current Size: 9 feet
Last Sighting: unknown
First Size: unknown
First Sighting: unknown
Shadow is a large male about 9' across with the most prominent claspers of any of our regular mantas at the Kona Surf site. He got his name because of his beautiful topside markings. Shadowy light stripes run from his wing tips and his shoulders and merge in the center of his dark back just above his dorsal fin. His underside markings are light gray and look more like brush stokes than spots. Shadow is often the only male in attendance with many females.