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Image from video by Keller Laros
Number: 47
Name: Jeffrey Ray
Sex: Male
Current Size: unknown
Last Sighting: unknown
First Size: 7'-8'
First Sighting: October 11, 1999
Jeffrey (used to be Okole)Jeffrey Ray was first sighted on October 11, 1999 at Ho’ona Bay but was possibly seen even earlier. He is about 7’-8’ across. In 2008, we determined that Jeffery was actually a duplicate of #38 Okole Ray. This photo at left was taken by Jeff Leicher in the 1980's in the Red Hill area and shows a prolapsed rectum. Manta rays are able to expel and retract their rectums as a way to possibly clean out their digestive tract. Smaller fish often take the opportunity to clean the rectum of detritus as well. When sighted in 1999, he had red scuff marks on his cephalic fins and upper chest. He is named after owner of Jack’s Diving Locker, scuba guru Jeff Leicher. Jeff took Keller on his first Manta Ray Night Dive in 1985 and took Wendy on her first in 1991. He has taught them both so much about diving in Kona and we are grateful to him for his friendship and support.