Rays are a type of flattened fish and are closely related to sharks as they are a result of the same evolutional cycle. They are social animals that often come together in huge groups of up to thousands of individuals, although some species prefer to live alone. Rays are found in oceans all over the world and are even found in some freshwater channels which flow into the sea.
Like sharks, a ray's skeleton is made of cartilage, which is a tough, fibrous substance. Although cartilage is not nearly as hard as bone, it is very flexible. This allows the ray to move easily underwater.
Things to do
- Find the rays, swimming together in their tank
- See how they use their synchronized wing flaps to stir up sediment on the ocean tunnel floor
- Learn about why they are under threat
- Spot their happy face smiling back at you
- Watch our rays breaching the water surface to look at guests!