Spotted eagle ray

Spotted eagle ray
Spotted eagle ray
Myliobatidae (Eagle Rays)
Aetobatus narinari
0 to 100+ ft
The flattened body, known as the disc, is diamond shaped, with extremely pointed "wings" (pectoral fins). The snout is also sharply pointed. The upper surface of the body is dark brown to black with numerous white spots, "commas" or circles. The underside is white and generally unmarked. The long thin, whip-like tail has two to six long spines near the base. The disc can measure up to 8 feet (2 m) across. The spotted eagle ray is common throughout the Caribbean. Unlike the southern stingray and yellow stingray, it is found in most tropical waters around the world. The spotted eagle ray is generally seen swimming gracefully along reef drop-offs, but will enter shallow bays, lagoons and fore-reefs to forage in the sand for mollusks and crustaceans. They are cautious of divers, and will generally swim away once they are seen.

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