The cownose ray, also known as sea eagle for its characteristic way of swimming, is a species that inhabits the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. These fish, related to skate, stingrays and manta rays, have a cartilaginous skeleton and have 7 senses.
The cownose ray often move in groups and feed primarily on crustaceans and molluscs, the shells of which they can crack because of their particular, flattened teeth, similar to a nutcracker.
Cownose rays have a poisonous stinger well positioned on the tail, which is used for defence. Rarely fatal, the sting is very painful, however, and is comparable to that of a bee sting.