- SEA LIFE, Shipwreck Explore
The Largetooth Sawfish are a critically endangered species, two of which call SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium home.
White Spotted Eagle Ray
The Spotted Eagle ray can be found worldwide in mostly tropical but occasionally subtropical waters. Eagle rays flap their fins as they manoeuvre across the ocean, and appear to ‘fly’ across the water, thus their name. Other ray species, such as smooth stingrays, move their whole bodies in a wave motion. The White-Spotted Eagle ray can grow up to 8.8 metres in length including the tail and up to 3.5 metres wide. They are easily recognised by the distinct white spots on the top side of the body.
Giant Smooth Ray
With its large flat body and wing span of at least two metres, Smooth Stingrays are the largest of all stingrays! A distinctive feature of any stingray is its long, serrated stinging barb or spine. The Smooth Stingray’s barb is found on the top of its short tail and is used as a defensive weapon. It has a habit of resting with the barb facing upwards, like a scorpion’s tail, as a warning to predators. Smooth Stingrays are actually very docile creatures that are rarely aggressive unless they feel vulnerable.
Stingray Fun Facts
Stingrays have no bones! Their skeletons are made of flexible cartilage instead. That's the same stuff we find in our bendy ears.
Electric rays are able to stun their prey and protect themselves from predators by producing a strong electric current. Pretty cool, huh?