Bat Ray

Bat Ray (Myliobatis californica) as seen in our Passages of the Deep exhibit.

Rays are related to sharks and skates. This large ray species is found in the murky intertidal zone off the Oregon coast, often lying still on the bottom where its coloring helps it blend in with the mud. Two nostril-like holes on the top of its head (called spiracles), allows the ray to breathe even if it is partially submerged in mud or sand.

Despite its elegant form, the Bat ray is a formidable hunter. Its powerful jaws and grinding teeth even allow it to chew away rocky outcroppings as it hunts clams, abalone and oysters. The Bat Ray is one of the primary food sources for the Broadnose Sevengill Shark and both species can be seen living side-by-side in our Passages of the Deep exhibit. Attacks rarely occur in captivity, however, mainly due to the abundance of food provided by aquarium keepers.


Range & Habitat

The Bat Ray is common in muddy sloughs, estuaries and bays from the Oregon coast to the Gulf of California.


Conservation Status

Common.

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