These individuals get around, and have been spotted in different channels and dive spots around Palau’s reef system, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles in a short period. Keeping a record of their movements may teach us more about Palau mantas’ seasonal movements and local range without the need of invasive tagging methods, so if you photograph any of these mantas in areas not mentioned here, please contact us.
- Uncle Fester
F15 ISEBONG - Large Female
Isebong, a large female, is the only manta so far that has been seen at German Channel, Lighthouse
Channel, as well as Ngardmau Channel, so she certainly gets around Palau's barrier reef area.
F27 METIEK - Large Female
I have seen this large female on the east side of Palau on several occasions in 2011, but she has also been spotted and photographed at Ulong Channel by divers in 2010.
F18 SURVIVOR - Medium-sized Female
I first saw this medium sized female in January 2010 on Udel reef, and she showed up in April 2010 at Ngardmau Channel. She has a black spot on her left front wing edge, and a terrible shark bite out of her right back. She is shy and difficult to approach unless she's in a feeding train with other mantas.
M5 UNCLE FESTER - Large Male
Known for chasing the females, this male has a damaged left lobe and a strange habit of always feeding sideways. He has been around German Channel since 2005, but also has been seen at Devilfish City. He seems to irritate the females, who sometimes "slap" him away with their wings.
F12 VICTORIA - Large Female
This large female has been seen at German Channel, and on the east side of Palau all the way up to the Koror Lighthouse area. She had a school of pilot fish with her every time I have seen her.