Doug Ray

Doug Ray was identified on June 23, 2003 at Manta Heaven and about 8-10 feet wide. He is not a “regular” at the manta experience, but he is one extraordinary manta.

SPECIES

Mobula Alfredi (reef)

GENDER

Male

WINGSPAN

8-10 feet

MARKINGS

Hook in his right eye + scarring on his back

IDENTIFICATION DATE

06/23/2023

Doug Ray'S MARKINGS

Doug Ray is easily identified by the hook in his right eye and the scarring on his back left side. His spot pattern resembles three long strokes that come together at the base of his gill slits.

Doug Ray's Injuries/scarring

Doug Ray has shown us how manta rays can regenerate flesh to heal a wound. In 2006 he came to the dive sight with a 12x8-inch section of his flank missing. The flesh grew back and almost completely replaced the area that was gone. Doug also has a permanent hook very close to his right eye. We do not think it has affected his vision.

IMAGES OF Doug Ray

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Doug Ray's scars

Picture of Doug Ray's skin tissue, that completely regenerated after an injury.

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Do mantas feel pain? Picture of Doug Ray, a manta ray with a fish hook stuck right next to his eye

Doug Ray has a fishhook permanently stuck right next to his eye. We do not believe it affects his eyesight.

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Doug Ray and the fishhook that's stuck right next to his eye
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Doug Ray and the fishhook that's stuck right next to his eye
EYE INJURY
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