Stingrays are a group of sea rays, which are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. They are classified in the suborder Myliobatoidei of the order Myliobatiformes and consist of eight families. Stingrays, with their wide, flat bodies, may not look like fish, but they are.
Scientific name: Myliobatoidei
Higher classification: Stingrays
Common Name: Stingrays
Life Span: 15 to 25 years
Mass: Giant oceanic manta ray: 3,600 lbs, Southern stingray: 160 lbs, Bat ray: 100 lbs, Longheaded eagle ray: 17 lbs
- They do not have bones, instead, their bodies are supported by cartilage.
- Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas.
- The stingray’s coloration commonly reflects the seafloor’s shading, camouflaging it from predators.
- While the stingray’s eyes peer out from its dorsal side, its mouth, nostrils, and gillsare on its underbelly.
- The stingray’s barb, can be fashioned with serrated edges and a sharp point with may may produce venom, which can be fatal to humans.
- The Stingrays venom can remain deadly even after the stingray’s death.
- In Greek mythology, Odysseus, was killed when Telegonus struck him using a spear tipped with the spine of a stingray.