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Family Mobulidae

HAWAII

Manta alfredi

Mokumanamana (Necker Island), 30 feet

 

Keauhou Bay, Kona, 15 feet

Mokumanamana (Necker Island), 30 feet

 

Kona Village, Hawaii

Mokumanamana (Necker Island), 30 feet

 

 

Puako, Hawaii

 

Kona, Hawaii

Kona, Hawaii

    COASTAL MANTA RAY      hāhālua

Locally common in coastal waters where it feeds upon zooplankton, typically where currents converge.  Oral flaps are used to direct food-laden water into the mouth.  Kona's famous night dive with feeding Manta Rays is an unforgettable experience.  This species is best identified by the white area surrounding the mouth and dark spots on the breast between the gill slits.  The rare Pelagic Manta, Manta birostris,  has black markings around the mouth and the breast is unmarked.  Attains maximum width of 18 feet but usually less than 12 feet.  Hawai‘i and the Indo-Pacific.