With their graceful polka-dotted wings, eagle rays are found in all the tropical oceans of the world, but only recently has it been realized that they reproduce in the coastal waters of Florida. In partnership with the Shark Research group at Mote Marine Laboratory, Georgia Aquarium staff will study the population size, make-up and movements near Sarasota, to build vital knowledge about these poorly understood but beautiful creatures.
The spotted eagle ray can jump out of the water if pursued.
Hawaiian Cleaner Shrimp
This shrimp will often form a cleaning station where it uses its two front legs to feed by scavenging or cleaning parasites...
Abundant near Florida and in the Bahamas, the southern stingray is common in sandy areas, seagrass meadows, lagoons and small reefs. This...
Caribbean Spiny Sea Star
One of the most common sea star species in Florida, Caribbean spiny sea stars occur in the western Atlantic from North Carolina...