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Spot the masters of disguise

What’s that on the seabed? It’s a ray!

Some rays can change colour to match the seabed beneath them. With their flat body, they can hide from predators on the ocean floor. Some rays even have a venomous spine, but only use it if they feel threatened. Ouch!

There are almost 500 species of rays and skate. Like sharks, they have skeletons made of cartilage, not bone. Which means they can glide through the water, flapping their fins like birds.

Visit your local SEA LIFE website to find out more.

WOW fact

In ancient times, venom from stingrays was used as an anaesthetic by dentists!

WOW facts

Australian giant rays can weigh over 300kg. That's huge!

WOW facts

Rays don't have bones! Their skeleton is made of flexible cartilage giving them bendy bodies.

WOW fact

In ancient times, venom from stingrays was used as an anaesthetic by dentists!

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WOW fact

In ancient times, venom from stingrays was used as an anaesthetic by dentists!

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WOW facts

Australian giant rays can weigh over 300kg. That's huge!

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WOW facts

Australian giant rays can weigh over 300kg. That's huge!

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WOW facts

Rays don't have bones! Their skeleton is made of flexible cartilage giving them bendy bodies.

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WOW facts

Rays don't have bones! Their skeleton is made of flexible cartilage giving them bendy bodies.

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