Bat Ray


Common name : Eagle ray

Scientific name : Myliobatis californicus

Family : Myliobatidae

Native to : Pacific Ocean

Interesting fact : They expose prey buried in the sand by flapping their wings and can dig up to 13 feet using their snouts.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Bat rays, closely related to sharks, love estuaries and bays, kelp beds and rocky bottoms of shallow shores. Their bat-like wings can be 6 feet wide and they weigh 91 kg. Though calm, they sting with their venomous spines in their tails when attacked. Their teeth, fused into plates, can crush molluscs, crustaceans and small fish. Their lifespan is 23 years.

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