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Denny Coffman Ray
image from video by Keller Laros 2009/04/20
Number: 161
Name: Denny
Sex: Male
Current Size: ~9'
Last Sighting: April 20, 2009
First Size: ~9'
First Sighting: April 20, 2009
   
   
   
I first saw Denny following Russell and Rebekah on the dusk dive on April 20, 2009, at Garden Eel Cove. It seemed like the beginning of a courtship manta train. I saw them pass by three more times on the dive. On the night dive I saw both Rebekah and Russell but not Denny. There were 20 mantas and bottlenose dolphins that night so he may have gotten lost in the shuffle and I just didn't see him. Maybe he was a bit shy since he was new to the night dive. Anyway, he seemed to be full grown, maybe 9 feet across. No easily visible injuries. He made a couple of aquabatic moves when I saw him and seemed healthy. He is named for House Representative Denny Coffman from District 6, West Hawaii, who was one of the chief sponsors of House Bill 366, the manta ray protection act that makes it illegal to kill or capture manta rays in Hawaii. Job well done Denny. And Thanks!