Stingray is a marine creature with a flat wide body which may not look like fish but actually it is. They are closely related to sharks. They belong to a group of fish called elasmobranch. There are more than 200 different species of stingrays.
They are are ovoviviparous creatures meaning the young are hatched from eggs that are held within the body. They can have 2 to 6 babies in a year. They are born fully formed and naturally good swimmers from birth.
Quick Facts: –
- Although stingray has the potential to be deadly, they are not aggressive generally.
- Their bodies are formed of the same type of cartilage that is in our ears and noses.
- They have long tails with a spine. Their tail is used to defend them from predators.
- Stingrays have jaws are strong enough to crush rock-hard clam shells. The calcified cartilage makes them strong and lightweight at the same time.
- Their eyes are located on the top of their bodies, however they do not use eyes to find their prey.
- The largest species of stingray can measure around 6.5 feet in length.
- Generally, they are solitary creatures but can be seen in groups from time to time. A group of stingrays is known as school.
- Like sharks, they use sensors called ampullae of Lorenzini to sense the electrical signals emitted by their prey.
- In ancient Greece, their venom was used as an anaesthetic by dentists.
- There are many different types of stingrays such as electric rays, stingrays, butterfly rays, manta rays etc.