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Rays in the Deep Blue
EAGLE RAYSext here
MANTA RAY-Very little is know about the mating process of manta rays-Gestation period: 10 months- # : 1 live pup
1) use snout to dig along ocean floor for prey2) crushes prey's shell with dental plates3) filters out crushed shell using papillae
Manta rays lack stingers; their tails are harmless
Taxonomy remains the same until genus
Manta rays have 1 pup per gestation period
Dental plates help the spoted eagle ray crush its primary prey: shellfish
MEANS OF REPRODUCTION
There have been accounts of a 30 foot manta ray
Spotted Eagle Rays - flattened body- mouth on underside- snout resembling a birds beak- long, whip-like tail
Manta Rays- flat, disk-like body- mouth between eyes- very large wingspan- moderate, thick tail
SPOTTED EAGLE RAYNiche:-bottom feederConservation Status:-near threatened
Spotted eagle rays feed along the ocean floor searching for mollusks & gastropods.
Spotted eagle rays are not as social or friendly as manta rays
Both manta rays & spotted eagle rays are found in coastal waters of shallow bays & coral reefs.
Eagle ray & manta ray are capable in living in both fresh and salt water
SPOTTED EAGLE RAY-Male chases female around & nibbles on her dorsal fin-Female stops swimming to begin copulation which lasts around 20 seconds - 1 minute-Gestation period: 1 year- #: 4 live pups
MANTA RAYNiche:-filter feederConservation Status:-vulnerable
As the manta ray swims, it filters water through its gills, and any plankton or fish larvea in the way will get caught on a spongy tissue between the gills and are then eaten
They do however have long tails, the longest tails in the ray family
Manta rays are filter feeders which means that they feed primarily on miscroscopic organisms.