In the last week, our Biological Programs team has introduced two new species of ray to Blacktip Reef!
Also known as a leopard or honeycomb ray, this species inhabits the coastal and brackish waters throughout the Indo-Pacific. Like most rays, these guys prefer the flat, sandy areas within reef ecosystems.
The largest recorded length of this species (tail, also known as it’s “sting,” included) is 14.8 feet!
Did you know? In addition to stunning prey, the reticulate whipray’s sting is used to help balance and steer.
This large ray gets its name from the spotted black and white coloration on its topside. Also an inhabitant of the Indo-Pacific, this species usually sticks to the sandy bottom of the reef.
Black-blotched rays can reach up to 10 feet in disc width!