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Image by Samara Nicholas, published on 24/05/2012
This Eagle Ray (Myliobatis tenuicaudatus) was spotted at Goat Island by students snorkeling with Experiencing Marine Reserves. Eagle Rays can be distinguished from Stingrays by their pointed wings and protruding head. They can inflict a painful wound with their sting but would only defend themselves if they are provoked or accidentally stood on. The barb in their tail is for not for attacking their prey which is generally shellfish and crustaceans, but for defending themselves from Orcas and Sharks.
Tags: Bioregions/habitats | Northeastern | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Snorkeling | Magical Marine Reserves & Marine Parks | Goat Island/Leigh | NZ Biodiversity | Marine habitats | Shallow mixed weed | Shallow Rocky Reefs | NZ Inshore Fish | FishID | Miscellaneous Marine Photos | Eagle Ray
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