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Photo © Keller Laros

Number: 12
Name: Iki
Sex: Male
Current Size: unknown
Last Sighting: unknown
First Size: 3'(1996)
First Sighting: 1996
Iki is a baby male and the smallest manta that we've ever seen. When he first appeared at the Kailua Pier, he was just barely 3' across and looked like a little toy as he swam back and forth. Baby mantas are about two and half to three feet across when born. We named him Iki which means "small" in the Hawaiian language. In this photo taken during the day on July 30, 1996, his tiny claspers can be seen as well as a very small remora which seems large relative to Iki's size.