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reef creatures

RAYS – ALLIEN SHIPS

sting ray
camouflaged sting ray
camouflaged yellow ray
yellow ray
lesser electric ray
electric ray
eagle ray
spotted eagle ray

These are the four more common rays you can find during our dives.
Alien ships that sail with the elegance in the aquatic landscape, rays are cartilaginous fish, that means they dont have bones. They live in the bottom parts of tropical waters. Looking carefully, you are likely to find them lying on a seabed, buried or partially covered with sand, as you can see in the pictures below.
Stingray´s size is aprox. 2 metres, the max. found was 4 metres, eat mollusks and crustaceans, crushing then with their flat, strong teeth. Stingray does not have a tail fin (cuadal fin) instead they have a tail and it looks like a whip with a long venomous spine on the tail. The spine is replaced every few months.
Yellow stingray, feeds on small invertebrates and bony fishes and it has a short tail with a well-developed caudal fin.
Lesser Electric Ray, these rays have the ability to generate a strong electric discharge (peak voltage is only 14 – 37 volts) that is used to stun their prey and defend themselves against predators. The caudal fin is shaped like an equilateral triangle with membranes along the lateral sides. There is no spine on the caudal fin of this ray. Food: juvenile snake eels, anemones, small bony fish and crustaceans.
Spotted Eagle Ray, lives in the open ocean rather than on the sea bottom and they feed on mollusks and crustaceans, crushing their shells with their flattened teeth.

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