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Number: 8
Name: Baby Huey
Sex: Male
Current Size: 6'(1996)
Last Sighting: unknown
First Size: unknown
First Sighting: 1994/10/01
Baby Huey joined the Kona Manta Ray Night Dive in October 1994 when he was approximately 4'-5' across and his claspers were only an inch long. Baby manta rays are approximately 3' across when born. Baby Huey was the first baby to join the adult regulars and the first ray recognized as a young male by the size of his claspers. He swam very fast and often times ran into the other larger mantas. Because he seemed young and clumsy we called him Baby Huey. In no time at all, the older rays were teaching him the proper feeding etiquette by what seemed like swats on the head from larger female rays such as Lefty, W and Elvis. Baby Huey was seen almost every night until January 1996 and by then he was about 5-6' across. We watched him grow and that's exciting to see.