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All About Rays
Rays or Stingrays, as you may know them as, are found all over the world. They live in oceans and rivers, fresh and saltwater. These giant fish have struck fear into swimmers and waders alike. Let’s take an adventure into the world of the ray to see what fascinating facts we can dig up.
The ray comes in 60 species and is a cousin to the shark, not because they are vicious but because they have no bones. Like the shark the ray is made up of pure cartledge – feel your nose, that’s like a ray’s body. Stingrays look like a flying saucer with broad flat fins that run along the entire length of their body. The fins on the ray are designed to propel it through the water, either by using their entire body or by flapping them in a flying-type motion.
These fish are not by any means small. They can grow up to 6.5 feet long (2 meters) long and weigh up to 790 pounds (358 kilograms). The stingray also has a long tail that is designed for defense and is where it got its name from. Depending on the species, this tail can have spines running down it coming to a point with razor-sharp serrations or notches. In addition to this it is also venomous. However, most ray “attacks” are accidental and occurs when someone is walking along in the water and steps on it. Once it feels threatened it will whip its tail around in defense, leaving a painful welt on the victim.
The ray likes to live in the shallow waters along the coastline of its tropical home. It will lay on the bottom of the ocean or river, partially covered in the sand. This helps it stay safe from predators and also to hunt its food. The ray is usually the same color as the floor of its home which further enhances its ability to stay camouflaged.
The mouth, nostrils and gills on the stingray are all located on the underside of its body and the eyes are on top of its head. In addition to lying patiently waiting for its prey, the ray also has what is known as ampullae of Lorenzin. These little sensors are located on the bottom of the ray and are specially developed so it can feel the electrical impulses that are being emitted by its food source. The ray hunts crabs, mussels, oysters, shrimp and clams and crushes the food with its powerful jaws before swallowing it.
Unlike other fish, the female stingray does not lay eggs. Her young grow and develop inside of her and at birth look like a smaller version of the adult. The female will usually have between two to six young. Once born the baby rays will be left to fend for themselves, which they are fully capable of doing.
For more information on the stingray, check out the internet, books or visit an aquarium. where these fascinating creatures are sure to delight.