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Cownose Ray at Mote

Cownose ray

Rhinoptera spp.

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Species Type:

Sharks & Rays, Fishes

Common Name(s):

Cownose ray


Cownose rays can grow up to 7 feet (2.1 meters), but on average only grow to be 4 feet (1.2 meters). These rays can get as heavy as 50 pounds!


As carnivores, cownose rays like to eat lobsters, clams, crabs, oysters, and other aquatic invertebrate.

Range & Habitat:

Cownose rays prefer shallow coastal waters but migrate often so they can also be found in open waters. They can be found in the eastern and western Atlantic Ocean as well as the Gulf of Mexico.


Cownose ray