Discover our species of rays and sawfish
Here at SEA LIFE Sydney we have such a variety of rays from our queen mattress sized Smooth Ray to our little stingarees. Dive in and discover all about these majestic creatures.Book Now
Freshwater sawfish live in shallow waters around river mouths and freshwater systems, moving between freshwater and saltwater. They are related to sharks and stingrays, and can grow to over 6 metres in length! These distinctive animals have a long saw-like extension called a rostrum. Sawfish use their rostrum to find prey as their eyesight is poor. The sharply-toothed saw is swung at prey, stunning or killing small fish and prawns which it then devours.
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.
The Smooth Stingray is our largest species of ray here at SEA LIFE Sydney and in the whole of Australia! These rays can get up to 4.3 m in length, with their discs at around 2 m in width and weigh up to 350 kg. You can find our adorable smooth ray, Big Mouth, in our shark valley zone.
Giant Shovelnose Ray
The Giant Shovelnose ray is easily identified by its triangular shaped snout which bears a resemblance to a shovel. Adults can grow up to 2.7 metres in length and its spine is lined with enlarged denticles and thorns. Juveniles are usually found inshore while the adults can found trawling the deep shelf waters of the Indo-Pacific.
Also known as the Bowmouth shark and Mud skate, this species is known for its distinctive thorns on the bony ridges of its head and a white snout. The upper surface of its body is browny grey in colour with white spots. Shark rays can grow up to 3 metres in length and reside within coral reefs, though they sometimes have a preference for sandy or muddy habitats. Their diet consists of crustaceans and molluscs.
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