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The spotted eagle ray is distributed worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas. This is one of the most beautiful rays with its distinctive pattern of small, whitish spots covering its back and its long slender tail. It is commonly observed in bays and over coral reefs and occasionally seen in estuarine habitats. In open waters, this ray often forms large schools that swim close to the surface. If pursued by a predator, it will jump completely out of the water.
This species feeds on benthic invertebrates and fish that it uncovers while probing in the sediments with its broad, shovel-shaped snout. Spotted eagle ray populations are declining in many areas largely due to incidental capture by commercial fisheries (by-catch).
Stop in the Ocean Voyager theater and watch this beautiful ray gracefully swim past.