Just like sharks, rays don’t have a bony skeleton. Instead, their skeleton is made of cartilage (just like our nose and ears!). This makes them lighter so it is easier for rays to glide through the ocean.
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- When stingrays feel threatened they can whip up their tail to puncture their pursuer with their spiny, venomous barb
- There are more than 500 species of ray and SEA LIFE Grapevine is home to 4 species
- If you look closely at our cownose stingrays in Stingray bay, the look like they are always smiling at you!
In the wild, cownose stingrays can be found in schools of up to 10,000! Can you imagine how much they eat?
The males have 2 large, finger-like stumps called claspers on either side of their tail. These are used to cling to the female. Claspers are completely absent in the females.
Did you know that rays breathe through special holes behind their eyes?