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A Detailed Description Of Spotted Eagle Rays

Aetobatus Narinari, also known as the spotted eagle ray or bonnet ray is known as a cartilaginous fish that can be located in the shallow coastal waters that surround bays and coral reefs, in depths reaching eighty meters. Globally, the spotted eagle rays can be found in tropical regions which include Hawaii, Gulf of Mexico, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Africa, Pacific West Coast and Oceania.

You can identify this species by the abundance of white ringed spots that are located on its blue dorsal surface, the whip-like, long tail, the white ventral surface and the distinctive head which resembles a bill somewhat. Normally, this species preys on shrimps, bivalves, whelks, crabs, as well as other benthic infauna. Because of the chevron-shaped structure of the tooth, the spotted eagle ray is able to crush down upon the hard shells that mollusks have. These specimens can reach a maximum wingspan of three meters which is ten feet and a mass of two hundred and thirty kilograms or five hundred pounds. This species can have anywhere from two to six venomous spines located on the tail, although it isn't known to pose any significant threat because it generally avoids any contact with humans.

The Spotted Eagle Rays are normally hard to approach and shy. The best known way to approach them is to sneak up on them from the back during feeding. Part of the Caicos and Turks chain, the South Caicos Island, is known to have schooling eagle rays come in on a regular basis. There are sure to be other places where you can view the spotted eagle rays as well. If you are considering traveling to the islands to see the spotted eagle rays in schools, you need to make sure that you perform all of the necessary research online and then you need to schedule your trip once you have all the arrangements made. Make sure that you also study the nature of the spotted eagle ray because you don't want to approach it without the proper care just in case it considers you a threat. It is always better to be cautious and go with an expert instead of sneaking up to take a closer look at these wonderful creatures. They generally attack out of fear but there are instances when their sting has been fatal so you have to be careful.

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