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.