Talk about the ultimate, “Leave me alone” tactic, right?
Although they are typically loners, these rays tend to live in small groups that move with the tide (i.e. they’ll move to shallower waters when the tide rises and back out into deeper waters when the tide recedes). They are usually observed in sandy areas, but also seen around shipwrecks. Here, they scavenge for mollusks, crabs, shrimp, worms and small fish.
Other than humans, the predator these rays fear most is the hammerhead shark. But when you look like a fluorescent pancake, who can blame ‘em?
Due to their slow reproduction, and how attractive they look to humans for the aquarium market (protip: these rays don’t do well in captivity), bluespotted ribbon tail rays are assessed by the IUCN as “Near Threatened” (NT).
We think this ray is absolutely beautiful! What do you think?