Ever heard of the bull ray (Pteromylaeus bovinus)? Well, you’ve heard of the eagle ray family (Myliobatidae--like our friend, the spotted eagle ray) and this critter is in there! They’re one of the larger eagle rays, getting up to anywhere from 1.5 m to 1.8 m (almost 5 ft to a little over 8 ft). They can weigh up to 100 kg (220 lbs), too! Talk about a big sea pancake!
Ha. You thought I was going to say “duck,” weren’t you? Well, you didn’t expect “moose,” so I said that instead.
They do have a tail spine, that can get pretty big depending on the sex of the animal. Females tend to have a larger spine, averaging around 6.1 cm (2.4 in) while males are a smaller (but still painful) 3.2 cm (1.3 in).
You know, to feel the wind whistling through their skin. Hmm, what a feeling.
Not a lot is known about these rays as a whole, unlike their eagle ray compadres. We do know that these pancakes swim around Europe and Africa, having been found in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean/Indian Ocean. They have been found in deeper waters, but also known to enter estuaries and lagoons (clearly stalking boats to troll).
The bull ray has a pretty wide variety of tastes, like many of its family members. This includes crabs, hermit crabs, squid, prawns, molluscs and more. Also like its family, they are viviparous and have a gestation period of about year, with these sea pancakes holding up to four baby sea pancakes.
Seapancakes is the word of the day, everybody. Remember that.
Now go get yourself some breakfast.