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LATIN NAME : Aetobatus ocellatus

FAMILY : Myliobatidae

PHYLUM : Chordata

CLASS : Chondrichthyes

The ocellated eagle ray is an iconic open sea species. It performs majestic and impressive balletic dances.

It lives both on the sea bed and in the open sea, in coastal waters and in estuaries at depths of between 1 and 100 metres, but more generally at depths of between 20 and 25 metres.

Eagle rays lives in shoals of several tens of individuals, but sometimes in pairs or on its own. It swims by flapping its pectoral fins slowly and widely and looks more as if it is flying rather than swimming.

The Eagle rays feeds on gastropods, molluscs, crustaceans, worms, octopi and fish.

This ray can have a wingspan of up to 3 metres and weigh up to 200 kg.

  • Distribution :

    It lives in the tropical and subtropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • IUCN Status :

    Vulnerable species

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Find out more about the Ocellated Eagle Ray

The ocellated eagle rays that are shown at Nausicaa were all born in other partner aquariums within a Europe-wide breeding programme.

Handlers hide their food under the sand in order to recreate their natural foraging behaviour.

The ocellated eagle ray is hunted for its flesh, its cartilage and its dorsal skin in South-East Asia.

The ocellated eagle ray is ovoviviparous, which means that eggs hatch inside the female’s body. This species reaches sexual maturity between the ages of 4 and 6 years.




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