Spotted Eagle Ray

Aetobatus narinari

Species name: Spotted Eagle Ray
Scientific name: Aetobatus narinari

 

 

Description: This species' name comes from its distinctive spots, which cover the back of its 16ft body. It has an extraordinary wingspan of up to 10ft.

 

IUCN status: Near threatened.

 

Key threat: Fishing, polluted waters and habitat destruction.

 

Where they’re found today: Found globally in tropical regions, including the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.

 

Abu Dhabi’s efforts: Fishing of the Spotted Eagle Ray is banned throughout the year in the UAE and the species is included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which ensures that international trade does not threaten their survival.

 

 

Fun facts:

  1. Male eagle rays bite the wings of their mate during courtship.
  2. The species defends itself from potential predators using barbed stingers on its tail.
  3. A Spotted Eagle Ray's pattern is unique to each individual, just like a fingerprint.