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Keniki (Denise)
Photo by Bob Jensen - 2006/04/09
Number: 101
Name: Keniki
Sex: Male
Current Size: 4'
Last Sighting: May 10, 2012
First Size: 4'
First Sighting: April 9, 2006
   
   
   
Keniki
Image from video by Keller Laros - 2009/09/13
Keniki (Denise)
Photo by Bob Jensen - 2006/04/09

Bob Jensen spotted this manta in 2006 off of Vito's while diving with his wife and a friend. You can see that she has a hook and line around her left cephalic fin. Keniki is Hawaiian for Denise and is named after Bob's wife and dive buddy.

UPDATE: At the time it was first identified, Keniki was a young manta (pup), not sexually mature and therefore identified as a female. In September 2009 however, we received new photos and she is actually a he! Now, 3.5 years later, Keniki's claspers have started to appear as seen in the photo at left so Keniki is now listed as a male manta.