Nov 4, 2022
Facts and curiosities on this mysterious marine creature

Stingrays are sea creatures with flat bodies and long, spiky tails and they can be found in different bodies of water around the world, including oceans and freshwater lakes and rivers. Sadly, numbers of stingray are in decline; Overfishing, habitat loss and climate change are the major threats that affects this species. At present, 539 species of ray assessed are under the IUCN Red List, and 107 are classified as threatened.:

-Stingrays belong to the same family as sharks - the Elasmobranchs 

-Stingrays use their sense of smell and electroreceptors - special pores around their faces that can detect the electrical currents emitted by other ocean dwellers - to find food 

-Fossil records date stingrays back to the Jurassic period, 150 million years ago 

-Electric rays are named for their ability to generate and discharge a strong electric current to stun prey and for defense 

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