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Manta Identification
Manta Identification
Manta Identification

















The manta identification project started in 1991 by Keller Laros, founder of Manta Pacific Research Foundation.  Each manta ray has a unique spot pattern on its ventral side.  These spot patterns can be used to accurately identify individuals.  The first manta ray ever identified was Lefty.  She has a broken left cepahlic fin so she is easy to differiente from the others, but Lefty also has a spot pattern on her abdomen that is unique to her.   Manta Pacfic Research Foundation maintains an ID Catalog of mantas in Kona and Hawaii.





Send manta identification images to


We will help you identify which manta it is, and if it is a new one, let you know so you can name it!


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