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The Amazing Rays

  • Friday 30th November 2012

We've raised the number of rays in our tropical Bay of Rays habitat! 10 beautiful new Blue-spotted Fantail Rays and 6 Blue-spotted Maskrays have joined the ray family.

All the Blue-spotted Maskrays are captive-bred as part of SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's commitment to Breed, Rescue and Protect. Growing to a disc width of 40cm and a total length of 70cm, these rays are usually found from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to the New South Wales north coast.

Similarly sized and located, Blue-spotted Fantail Rays can be can be recognised by the blue spots on the disc and pelvic fins and by the stripe along either side of the tail. There are usually two stings located well back on the tail.

All the new rays had to be placed into the exhibit simultaneously to establish their social hierarchies. Some have become dominant while others have adopted a submissive behaviour in their new environment.

They have joined their new housemate, the unique-looking White-spotted Guitarfish called Melody. In fact, all the rays have been individually named by the dedicated aquarium staff, who monitor their feeding habits, behaviour and social interaction daily.

It's also worth noting that the ray is a very close relative of the shark - which reminds us - it's Shark Week right now! So get down to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium to participate in Shark Week activities, including free daily talks and feeds and an informative kids quiz trail!



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