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Rays

  • SEA LIFE, Stingray Bay

When threatened Stingrays can whip up their tail...

Stingrays get their name from the stinging barb at the base of their tail. When they feel threatened Stingrays can whip up their tail to puncture their pursuer with their spiny, venomous barb. Once they have done this it takes a while for a new one to grow back, so they only use it as a last resort!

Be enchanted by our assortment of amazing rays! We have a variety of rays swimming around in stingray bay.

How many species of ray will you spot?

Blue Spotted Ray at SEA LIFE Manchester

Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray

It's easy to see where these creatures get their names from. The blue-spotted ribbontail ray is commonly found near coral reefs. Although it is brightly coloured, its blue spots disguise its shape when seen from above in the light of a sunny coral reef.

Kuhl's stingray at SEA LIFE Manchester

Kuhl's Stingray

Larger than a blue-spotted ribbontail, these species are more diamond-shaped with a maximum width of 46cm.

Sea Life Trust

SEA LIFE Trust

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks and Rays and the habitats on which they depend.

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