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|The Blue-spotted Fantail-ray (Taeniura lymma) is a common stingray found throughout much of the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is recorded in nortern shallow tropical marine waters from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia to Bundaberg, Queensland. This species grows to a length of 70cm and a disc width of 30cm.|
I took this shot in the aquarium at the Northern Territory Wildlife Park, one of the best “zoos” I’ve been to. Lots of free-range native animals, excellent freshwater and saltwater aquaria and numerous large free flight avairies. If your ever in the Northern Territory, make sure you pay a visit, it’s excellent.
Rays are closely related to sharks. Like sharks, they too have skeletons made of cartilage, smooth or raspy skin instead of scales, and exposed gill openings on their belly. Most rays swim by waving the edges of their very wide pectoral fins. This creates an S-shaped wave which moves vertically from head to tail. Although the manta ray weighs up to two tonnes, it moves gracefully in the water waving its enormous wing-like fins.
Most rays give birth to live young. Rays produce fewer and larger eggs than fish. Fertilisation is internal and the survival rate is much higher. Internal fertilisation is achieved by the paired claspers of the male, which are modifications of the pelvic fin used for transferring sperm to the female. Rays have a number of reproductive methods, varying from simple egg laying to the advanced live bearing.
Rays glide along the sea bottom looking for, and sometimes digging for, molluscs and crustaceans in the sand. They have moveable eyes and good eyesight. Rays use electro-receptors to locate their prey. Their mouth, which is horny in appearance, lies on their underside. Their teeth are very small and blunt or prickly for grinding up small fish, shellfish, worms, and other bottom-dwellers. Like sharks, most rays have light undersides and colour-camouflaged backs to conceal them in their environment.
Despite the slow shutter speed I was suprised with relative sharpness of the image through glass. Yes, I missed the tail tip but I thought it was good enough to share anyway. Cropped from original and 80%USM, no other post-processing.
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Chris, Interesting/lively coloration on this ray. Good results through the glass like this. Well done with an excellent supporting note!
Nice shot, Excellent results through glass. I like the colouring a lot. Very beautiful creature, never seen anything like that, thanks for sharing.
- [2004-12-10 4:31]
Excellent blu spots on this ray. Very good attempt as made through the glass. Could you post more reef-style pictures Chris?
- [2004-12-10 4:47]
Well done Chris. Excellent results in clarity and composition through glass.
Nice shot good colors, ajusting the contrast and shadows would be nice.
- [2004-12-10 17:59]
Un pez casi irreal por la llamativa coloración, además de lo inusual de su forma.
Me agrada la forma que captaste los detalles de la raya, con buena agudeza, dentro de las condiciones de la captura y su iluminación.
An almost unreal fish by the gaudy coloration, in addition to the unusual thing of its form.
I pleases me the form that you caught the details of the ray, with good sharpness, within the conditions of the capture and their illumination.
- [2004-12-12 2:10]
He has got and eye on you! Great shot and I love those spots.
Very well done and thanks for posting
- [2004-12-30 2:21]
Never seen Blue-spotted Fantail-ray ,thro glass you captured very well.