Hey Guys! The spotted eagle ray makes it's debut as this week's species of the week! The majestic spotted Eagle Ray is the type of stingray you see showcased in our logo. What makes this species so majestic is the way that is glides through the water showcasing it's white spots, and eagle like wings. You can clearly see that the Spotted Eagle Ray got it's name from its appearance. The spotted eagle ray is a cartilaginous fish, which means that they have bones made of cartilage. You can identify a spotted eagle ray by it's compressed body, eagle wings, and dark brown dorsal surface with white spots, and a long whip like tail that has 2- 6 venomous barbs located at the base of their tail for protection against predators. Also, the lower part of their body is white, and they have a tapered sharp snout. Their diet consist of bivalves, shrimp, crabs, annelids, octopus, whelks, and small fish. They are distributed throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Africa, Hawaii, Oceania, the Indian Ocean, and the coast of North and South America.Their habitats are usually shallow coastal waters near bays and coral reefs. The Spotted Eagle Ray reaches sexual maturity at around 4-6 years and their lifespan is currently unknown but they are thought to live at about 15- 20 years maximum.
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