Spotted Eagle Ray

Spotted Eagle Ray

The magnificent Spotted Eagle Ray flies through the water with its wing-like fins. The Eagle Ray’s large wings are tapered like a bird’s and can measure up to 9 feet across. The length of the body without the tail can be up to 8 feet, and total length with the tail can be 28 feet long. This beautiful ray can reach weights up to 500 pounds.
The magnificent Spotted Eagle Ray flies through the water with its wing-like fins. The Eagle Ray’s large wings are tapered like a bird’s and can measure up to 9 feet across. The length of the body without the tail can be up to 8 feet, and total length with the tail can be 28 feet long. This beautiful ray can reach weights up to 500 pounds.

The top of the eagle ray is dark brown and covered with white spots. The bottom is white. Like sharks, rays have no bones. Their “skeletons” are made of cartilage instead.

The Eagle Ray’s shovel-shaped snout and it’s duckbilled mouth are extremely sensitive to smells and electrical currents in the water. This makes the Eagle Ray an effective hunter. It has flat plates of teeth which it uses to feed on mollusks, crustaceans and small fish.

For protection from enemies, the Eagle Ray has a long whip-like tail, with 1 - 5 poisonous spines at the base. Sharks are the main predators of Eagle Rays.

Spotted Eagle Rays are strong swimmers, often swimming close to the surface, and can occasionally be seen jumping clear out of the water. Eagle Rays have one of the largest brain weight to body weight ratios of any fish.

These Eagle Rays are featured in the Diving St. Thomas, Volume 1 DVD.

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