an incredible wingspan to be seen underwater Eagle Ray

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The Eagle Ray will bury itself in the sand by flapping its winglike fins. This movement lifts sand into the water around them which then settles and covers them.

It hunts by swimming low over the sand to sense the tiny vibrations and electrical impulses given off by its prey. It has a very sensitive underside which allows them to do this. It will often expose its prey by pumping water through its mouth and gills to shoot jets of water out of spiracles to move the sand.

Threats include; pollution and boat traffic.

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern under ICUN (2014). The waters around Rottnest Island are a designated Marine Reserve. Also, some parts of Rottnest’ sandy floors, seagrass meadows and reefs are included the Marine Sanctuary Zones shown in the Rottnest Island Marine Management Strategy (2007).
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help protect Rottnest's marine environment

  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided
  • Do collect fishing line if seen in ocean or on shores