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How big can be a Eagle Ray?

October 8, 2017

Eagle Rays are most commonly found in shallow waters on reefs or in bays down to depth of 80m. It is very common that divers come across  schools of eagle rays on reefs. The eagle ray swim very fast, despite the fact that they look so casual and relaxed, so it is pointless in attempting to keep up  with them. Its best to relax and watch as they  swim past. Eagle rays rarely interact with divers so it will ignore presence of human and continue on their way to  do whatever they are up-to.




In shallow areas which are home to eagle rays snorkelers have the opportunity to see these lovely animals at Kandooma  south Male Atoll.


Eagle Ray live in the open sea rather that sea bottoms. This can be in tropical of sub tropical regions.


When compared with other type of rays they have a long tail and that can reach up to 5m long and 3m wingspan. The females are ovoviviparous which implies they hold the eggs and release infant rays which are small carbon copy of themselves.


They feed mainly on molluscs and crustaceans and squash these with their flat teeth. This is not quite the same as other type of rays such as devil rays and manta rays are filter feeders and live on plankton.


The eagle rays are not dangerous to people and it rarely that it get interacts with people.  They have poisonous barbs at the end of their tail and it is very uncommon that they accidentally jump out of water and land on to the boats.


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