Earlier this week I got a shot of Koie - one of our most seen and well-known Manta Rays - swimming by Manta Ray Advocate and Professional Camerawoman Martina S. Wing.
Koie is a large female and you really get a good sense of scale with a human female right next to her.
Tonight I saw an undulated moray eel and a pufferfish down near the reef, ten Manta Rays, and when I was ascending at the end of the dive I stumbled upon a rare and beautiful creature - one of only 1100 known Hawaiian Monk Seals! She is marked H01 for easy identification, since the population is so small and critically endangered. The Hawaiian name for Monk Seals is Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which means “dog that runs through rough water” and she really does look like a cute 250kg dog!
Thanks to the good people at Neptune Charlie’s for taking me out on their boat both nights! Good vibes all around!