Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Sting Ray Migration

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A Sting Ray migration off Key West.

Dr. M (1629 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





9 comments on “Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Sting Ray Migration
  1. LOL. You could probably walk on that.
    See what happens when sharks are depleted? Rays abound!

  2. I’m probably being a little too nit-picky, but those look like cownose rays to me. No matter…this is an absolutely amazing picture!

  3. Aah, we saw this a couple of times when I was younger, though we were on shore and what we could see wasn’t quite as impressive as that (they tended to come past in smallish bunches) – once in Tampa, when the friends we’d gone down with freaked and high-tailed it for the sand when something ‘big’ brushed up against a leg, and once in Sanibel/Captiva. The latter time, a family a bit down the beach had caught a small one for the children to have a look at (I believe they let it go afterwards), and on the way over, I caught sight of two dolphins porposing not far away. Missed getting a close-up look at the ray for watching those until they left, but it was worth it.

    That was a good vacation.

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