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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
Rhinoptera bonasus

Western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England, USA to southern Brazil. This species of ray is known for traveling in large groups. Schools of up to 10,000 rays have been seen between Florida and the Yucatan in Mexico.
Habitat: Common along the shores in bays and estuaries. Prefer sand/silt bottom, will bury themselves to camouflage. These stingrays migrate to the Caribbean in the winter. Found alone or in small schools.
Diet: Clams, oysters, hard clams and other invertebrates.
Status: Near Threatened (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: 11 to 18 inches in width at birth.

A mature ray can grow to 45 inches in width, and weigh 50 pounds or more.
Lifespan: thought to be 13-18 years.
Reproduction & Offspring:

Like many species of sharks and rays, cownose rays develop within eggs that are carried and hatch in their mother’s uterus. Mothers usually give birth to one pup per pregnancy.


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