Size10 feet (3.1 m) and 500 lbs. (227 kg)
DietCrabs, lobsters, bivalves, small fish and squid
RangeWestern Indian Ocean from the Red Sea to South Africa
HabitatInshore marine waters and shallow estuaries
- Can reach 10 feet (3.1 m) in length and 500 lbs. (227 kg).
- The largest female on exhibit is roughly 7.9 feet (240cm) in length.
- There is a distinctive black cross between the eyes and rows of small white spots on the upper body. (These marks may be good identifiers in the ocean, but they are very difficult to see in Ocean Voyager).
- Giant guitarfish exhibits countershading, olive-green above and white below, with large black eyespots on the base of the pectoral fins.
Guitarfish may look a lot like sharks, but they are actually members of the ray family. Sharks and rays are closely related and alike in many ways. One easy way to tell the difference is to check the location of the gill slits. If the gills are on the side of the body, you’re looking at a shark. If the gills are on the underside - it’s a ray!
- Feeds on crabs, lobsters, bivalves, small fish and squid.
- Giant guitarfish occurs in the tropical Western Indian Ocean from the Red Sea to South Africa.
- Found in inshore marine waters and shallow estuaries to depths of about 165 feet (50 m).
- This species is ovoviviparous (fertilization of eggs occurs internally and the young develop within the female and are born fully formed).
- “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.
- Giant guitarfish has a body that resembles that of a shark. However, it is a member of the ray family.
- Female gives birth in summer to about four young, each typically about 1.4 to 2.0 feet (43 – 60 cm) long.
- The fins of this guitarfish are sought after in Asian markets.