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Vitor Ray
image by James Wing 2015/06/10
Number: 243
Name: Vitor Ray
Sex: Male
Current Size: ~6'
Last Sighting: June 10, 2015
First Size: ~6'
First Sighting: June 10, 2015
Vitor Ray
image by James Wing 2015/06/10

James Wing and Heitor Koerich Da Silveira identified Vitor Ray on June 10, 2015 during a night dive. He is a male, about 6 feet wide and was pretty shy. Vitor Ray's is named after Vitor Foti, who was a young and charismatic Brazilian. He had lots of friends because he was an amazing person in so many ways. At 20 years old, Vitor was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. In the midst of much suffering, he never stopped smiling. And with his great determination, Vitor never surrendered to his diagnosis. He was always positive, looking forward, fighting like a warrior. His will to live was truly inspiring. After a year, he lost the battle. His ashes were scattered in the ocean as a sign of freedom. In living tribute, Vitor Ray swims free in the big blue, representing his will to live.