The superorder Batoidea, commonly known as “rays,” is full of stingy cuties. The bat ray (Myliobatis californica) is especially adorable, and tragically underrated. This week on Animals Are Good, we’re highlighting these happy little sea flaps and their unusual eating habits.
Mobula rays are perhaps best known for their bold attempts at flight*, but these animals can be every bit as stunning below the waves as above them, as this remarkable photograph reveals. They almost look like an alien invasion.
Fair warning (in case the headline wasn't warning enough): this video serves up a hefty helping of elasmobranch guts. The squeamish among you might want to look the other way.
If you were to suggest that members of Elasmobranchii — the subclass of cartilaginous fishes that includes sharks, rays, and skates — look incredibly different from us humans, I doubt that many people would argue the point. In fact, one look at the alien-like skeleton of Leucoraja erinacea, the species of skate…
Perhaps you have seen something similar to this one day, probably when you thought you were hearing a choir of angels and the Apocalypse was about to break loose. They are anticrespuscular rays, and they happen opposite to the Sun.
Maybe I'm just a little warped, but I was hoping for a bigger reaction from our pain-loving scribe. Props to the reporter for having the cojones to do it though, 'cause I know I sure wouldn't have volunteered.