Also known as Atlantic Stingray, Kit, Southern Ray, Stingaree, Whipray, Whiptail Stingray.
Found singly, pairs or in shivers, during the day either half buried or resting on shallow sandy bottoms or in seagrass beds, foraging for food at night over bays, estuaries and lagoons.
Can look like the "Martians" have landed.
They feed nocturnally on bivalves, crabs, fish, shrimps and worms.
Length - 200cm
Depth - 0-53m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean
Rays are bottom feeders, they settle themselves down over their prey, trapping them against the substrate with their disc, then flexing their disc flaps and manoeuvring the victims into their mouths.
Most rays live in the sea, but some can be found in estuaries, often hard to see as they can be buried in the sand, occasionally they can be seen leaping out of the water.
As a form of defence rays have electric organs while others have venomous spines.
Usually rays will swim out of harms way if approached, however they can give a nasty sting which could prove fatal.
Never swim over the top of large rays, they think you are a predator and are likely to whip their tails in defense! (as happened to Steve Irwin) Ref: https://www.fishbase.in/summary/1247