Black Diamond Ray

Black Diamond is a beautiful male pup that manta ray advocate Kerstin Windberg saw for the first time on June 26, 2019 at Kauna’oa Bay. He was a pup with 3 feet but grew to already 4-5 feet.

He was very shy and not easy to approach so we were lucky to get a picture of his markings. He is gorgeous.

SPECIES

Mobula Alfredi (reef)

GENDER

Male

WINGSPAN

4-5 feet

MARKINGS

6 diamond-shaped spots

IDENTIFICATION DATE

06/26/2019

Black Diamond Ray'S MARKINGS

Black Diamond has a much darker dorsal side than the other mantas we know plus 6x "diamond" shaped spots in his ID marking.

Have you met Black Diamond Ray? Share your story!

2 Comments

  1. Alicia

    We went on a tour in April where Black Diamond was caught on a dive line. We just wanted to check back and see if he was ok and has been spotted since April 23???!

    Reply
    • Martina Wing

      Hi, thanks for checking on Black Diamond. We saw them in April 2023, and then again in July twice. One 07/08, he had a fishing hook in his cephalic fins with line trailing. On 07/21, he was spotted again and still had the hook, but the fishing line was cut off. Not sure who removed it. The hook will eventually rust out, but it is always concerning of what any fishing gear does to the animals. We know that mantas feel pain: https://mantarayadvocates.com/do-mantas-feel-pain/

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