Giant short tailed sting ray taking off

Stingray in the sunshine

Here’s another view of one of the short tailed stingrays (Dasyatis brevicaudata) in the sunshine last month. Surprisingly little is known about these animals. They’ve been studied in Australia and New Zealand where they are also found, but not much work has been done to learn about them here.


If you have watched the original BBC Blue Planet series (if you haven’t, why not?) you will have seen the massive aggregations of these rays that form at the Poor Knights Islands off New Zealand. I wonder if there are any similar aggregations off the South African coast that we don’t know about?

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