1.Rays are distinguished by their flattened bodies, enlarged pectoral fins that are fused to the head, and gill slits that are placed on their ventral surfaces.
2.They’re fish just like salmon and trout, despite being different from them in a matter of appearance.
3.They eat tiny organisms, often microscopic, called plankton, which the manta ray consumes through filtering.
4.Rays are close relatives of shark. Like sharks, they don’t have bony skeleton. Their skeleton is made of cartilage, same material that builds our nose and ears.
5.In contrast to other stingrays who prefer digging through sandy sea bottom, manta rayscruise the open oceans and only get close to the sea bed to get cleaned.
6.While similar, the manta ray and the devil ray are actually two different species. The main point of difference is devil rays have pointier wings and horn-like cephalic fins compared to the manta’s round labrador ear-looking plankton scoopers.
7.A fully grown oceanic manta ray can reach a wing span of up to 7 metres and weigh up to two tonnes while it’s smaller reef cousin grows to 4.5 metres and weigh a measly 1.5 tonnes.
8.Stingrays give birth to 2–6 young stingrays each year.
9.In ancient Greece, venom was actually extracted from stingray spines for the purpose of being used as an anesthetic by dentists.
10.They live 15–25 years in the wild.