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Spotted Eagle Ray

19 Jun Posted by in Blog, fishing | Comments Off on Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray

If you’re out on the water as much as we are, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up seeing something wild. As we’ve said in previous posts, dolphins are a common occurrence, and we also spot rare birds like Razorbills and Red Knots with surprising frequency. But one of the most incredible things we’ve seen in recent memory happened on our annual Father’s Day Fishing tour, when the passengers got to see an enormous spotted eagle ray leap out of the water near the boat three times.

The ray we saw was big- my estimate was about four to five feet across- but they can grow to absolutely massive proportions, with a wingspan of 10 feet and weighing up to five hundred pounds. They like tropical waters all around the world, and are most commonly seen in bays and on coral reefs. The out-of-the-water jump that we saw is a well-documented, if not well-understood, phenomena. Scientists are still unsure just why they do this. It could be to avoid unwanted attention from the opposite sex, to shake off parasites, or just for the sheer joy of it.

Eagle rays are dark blue in color on the top, with a large amount of scattered white spots- hence, their name. The underbelly is off-white, and they have a pronounced “head”, unlike many other rays of different species. They like to eat bivalves, shrimp, mollusks, whelks, octopi, and occasionally small fish, and are mainly predated by their cousins, the sharks. They are listed as a “Near Threatened” species.

If you’d like to spot a spotted eagle ray, then come on one of our fishing tours! Call Capt. Joe at (910) 200-4002 to set up a trip.