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Joshi Ray
image by Kerry Key 2014/08/31
Number: 225
Name: Joshi Ray
Sex: Male
Current Size: ~19'-20'
Last Sighting: August 31, 2014
First Size: ~19'-20'
First Sighting: August 31, 2014
   
   
   
Joshi Ray
image by Kerry Key 2014/08/31

We had some awesome repeat guests out with us for a week of diving. On their first day of the trip, I asked what they were excited to see during our dives this time. Without missing a beat, Viral Joshi (here with his daughter Savita) said “a pelagic manta.” I made some crack about how it would be just as likely to see a mermaid riding a narwhale and off we went on our dive. Just at our turnaround point at Sand Chute I looked back to see Viral pointing and using his arms to give me the “ray” signal. Sure enough, just past Viral, out in the blue was this magnificent pelagic manta who mesmerized us for over 15 minutes as he went from person to person, leaving and coming right back. His cephalic fins were open but his mouth was closed so he wasn’t feeding. He never paused near the reef for cleaning. He just hung out with us for as long as we could stay there. I’d like to name him Joshi Ray in honor of the man who conjured him up!

Joshi Ray
image by Kerry Key 2014/08/31