! Spotted Eagle Rays Aetobatus narinari
are truly beautiful animals. These animals are known to cruise near the ocean's surface, and sometimes will actually jump (porpoise) out of the water in acrobatic displays. The reason they leap out of the water is unknown, some scientists think they could be females avoiding unwanted male attention, or that this is a way to shake off parasites.
The Spotted Eagle Ray can generally be found in shallow tropical waters. They sweep the ocean bottom looking for bivalves and other small shrimps, crabs, and fishes. They have a long, poisonous, whip-like tail with a long spine near the base.
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