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Ray Charles
Image from video by Keller Laros
Number: 83
Name: Ray Charles
Sex: Male
Current Size: ~6'
Last Sighting: March 15, 2016
First Size: unknown
First Sighting: April 11, 2004
image by Alicia Ward 2016/03/15
First sighted April 11, 2004 in Garden eel cove. This mature male manta can be identified not only by the chest markings, but by the healed wounds on right wing. After more than 10 years, Alicia spotted Ray Charles again in the northern Kona waters, and the wing injury is still quite distinguishable.