Manta Rays in Kona Hawaii

News from the Mantas (Sept. 1-16, 2011)

by Martina Wing - Monday, September 26, 2011
Good News from Lisa Rae: The little female had a hook embedded on the top part of her mouth back in June. Please check out the images or read the full story here:
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On September 9th Lisa Rae joined us again at Manta Heaven and the hook was gone!  Hooray for hooks that rust!

The first part of September has been pretty consistent with Manta Sightings at both dive sites.

On September 6, 2011 we had three Manta Rays at Manta Village: Salem Ray, Kailey Ray and Vallaray. Salem and Kailey just did a few “fly-bys”, because the plankton never really got thick enough for the Mantas to feed, but to our surprise Vallaray decided to still come close to the float with the lights and barrel-roll in front of the guests. It almost appeared as if she was saying “Hey guys, I’m here...here’s your manta show, take your pictures... check me out before I leave for greener pastures.”

And so Vallaray did: Two nights later we enjoyed her presence at Manta Heaven (16 miles to the north of Manta Village), where the plankton was abundant.

Blain and Grayer are currently tied for most sightings this month.  We have had a few nights so far with 20+ mantas at Manta Heaven.  Hopefully the rest of the month is as good as the first!

With Aloha
Ryan, Jim & Martina