- "I caught a ray! That made my day!"
Museum[edit | edit source]
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"Beating their large fins up and down to move through the water gives the rays the impression of flying. If viewed from below, rays appear to have their mouths curled up into a sort of smile. Some varieties have poisonous spikes at the base of their long tail fins that can be fatal to humans. This, combined with the ability to hide in sand at the bottom of the sea, can make them very dangerous."
In real life[edit | edit source]
The Southern Stingray can be found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Brazil. It has a flat, diamond-shaped disc, with a mud brown, olive, and grey dorsal surface and white underbelly (ventral surface). The barb on its tail is serrated and covered in a venomous mucous, used for self defense. Female stingrays can grow to a disc width of 150 cm, contrary to the smaller male stingrays that reach maximum size at 67 cm.
This stingray is an opportunistic forager, feeding on small crustaceans, such as alphaeid, penaeid and callianasid shrimp and brachyuran crabs; mollusks, bony fish, and lancelets. It feeds by flapping the wing-like pectoral fins to disturb the sand and expose the prey. This bottom-dwelling species is often found alone or in pairs, except in the summer months when it migrates in schools to higher latitudes.