Carolien Ray

Carolien Ray was identified February 4, 2017 during a dive at “Two Steps” in Honaunau by Dutch manta enthusiast Daniel Versteeg.

As he recalls, “during the dive we spotted Carolien Ray in the blue and she was flying at about 75 ft deep. We were diving at about 45 ft. I tried to catch up and I started my decent. At a certain moment I was halfway down and it looked like she would swim away. Luckily she came over and came by me with a distance of about 3 ft. I saw her coming over and took several pictures with my camera. What an amazing encounter. I would like to name the manta [after my girlfriend and dive buddy] Carolien.”

SPECIES

Mobula Alfredi (reef)

GENDER

Female

WINGSPAN

5-6 feet

MARKINGS

5x long strokes, 2x short strokes

IDENTIFIED BY

Daniel Versteeg

IDENTIFICATION DATE

02/04/2017

Carolien Ray'S MARKINGS

Carolien Ray has 5x long strokes with 2x smaller strokes on the top of her chest.

How was Carolien Ray Named?

Named after Carolien, a girlfriend and dive buddy of Daniel Versteeg who first sighted the manta.

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