Akari Ray

Akari Ray was identified on March 30, 2014 by Ron Jourden just north of Manta Heaven. She was a pup and approximately 4-5 feet wide but she has now matured to 8-9 feet wing tip to wing tip.

SPECIES

Mobula Alfredi (reef)

GENDER

Female

WINGSPAN

8-9 feet

MARKINGS

Seahorse + "X" + 5 dots

IDENTIFIED BY

Ron Jourden

IDENTIFICATION DATE

03/30/2014

Akari Ray'S MARKINGS

One of Akari Ray's markings resembles a seahorse, plus a big "X" and 5x smaller dots.

How was Akari Ray Named?

She is named after Ron’s daughter “Akari” who lives in Japan.

Have you met Akari Ray? Share your story!

2 Comments

  1. Megan

    Akari and I became quite well acquainted during my two night dives at Manta Heaven 5/18/24 and 5/19/24. She rubbed against the top of my head 5 times, despite my laying flat against the ground and trying not to be in her way. But she kept flying in from behind me and rubbing her belly across my head. She also did quite the acrobatics directly in front of me over and over. I initially recognized her both nights because she had some rough red scuff marks along her underside and one cephalic fin… almost looked like she’d dragged herself against the sea floor. Which also makes me wonder if she’s been a bit clumsy since she kept running into me too. I had to look at my video footage to check the markings and find her here. Thank you for making it easy!
    Was so happy to have met her, and feel honored she chose to brush against me. Hopefully I see her again on my next night dive!

    Reply
    • Martina Wing

      Mahalo Nui Loa for sharing this beautiful encounter. Manta Lovers unite 🤩🤩

      Reply

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