Hello campers! We’re heading out on a boat ride today to meet one of animals that calls the ocean just offshore from camp home. Any guess on the elasmobranch we’re going to meet from our title clue? Could cow be in the name?
Meet the Cownose Ray
- These adorable rays are named after that blunt square- cow shaped nose.
- They are typically found near the surface of the ocean.
- Cownose rays give birth to a live pup once a year.
- These carnivores feed on oysters, clams and other mollusks. They have crushing plates – not teeth- to crush open shells and get to the soft bodies of their prey.
- They do have mildly venomous barbs, but only use those when threatened. When rays are known to be in local waters, its a good idea to shuffle your feet when walking in the ocean as to not step on one accidentally.
- These little sea flapper (hehehe) flap their fins to swim. They belong to their own group of rays.
- These cartilaginous (skeletons made of cartilage) fish, are known for their migrations from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay. They can be seen in schools with up to 10,000 individuals.
These amazing animals are one of our favorites. They are often spotted in aquariums too. Like other rays they have spiracles that pass water over their gills when they rest on the bottom of the ocean.