An amazing video of titled Gigantic School of Rays from National Geographic. A record-breaking school of mobula rays has arrived off the coast of Baja California. Some of them are even flying over the sea surface!
It’s not uncommon for these amazing marine animals to perform incredible surface acrobatics. High jumps, twists, turns and belly flops are all part of their show, as shown in the video above. They tend to swim in schools of a hundred or more fish, especially while feeding.
Mobula is a genus of ray in the family Mobulidae found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas. Batoidea is a superorder of cartilaginous fish commonly known as rays and skates, approximately 560 described species in thirteen families. In the video above, most of them are over 2 meters from tip to tip, as explained in the video.
Most Batoidea species live on the sea floor, in a variety of geographical regions — many in coastal waters, few live in deep waters to at least 3,000 meters (9,800 ft), most batoids have a somewhat cosmopolitan distribution, in tropical and subtropical marine environments, temperate or cold-water species. Only a few species, like manta rays, live in the open sea, and only a few live in freshwater.
Mobula is a genus of ray in the family Myliobatidae (eagle rays). They are referred to as “eagle rays”, or “flying mobula” or simply “flying rays”, due to their propensity for breaching, sometimes in a spectacular manner. Mobula rays in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortés) have been reported to reach as high as 2 meters above the sea.
- Mobula on Wikipedia
- 9 Facts About Devil Rays on PADI.com
- Mobula Ray on Natioal Geographic Kids website
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