Gentle Movers of the Sea

The world’s oceans are home to a wide variety of rays; over 500 different species spanning 13 families to be exact. With their cartilaginous bodies, rays are close cousins of the shark. They do differ, however, in their body shape, number of gill slits, and ways in which they swim and breathe. A ray’s tail is generally very long and skinny, and in many species equipped with a sharp, venomous barb which they use as their main line of defense. This makes it very important for divers who may be shore diving in areas containing stingrays to do the “stingray shuffle” when entering the water: they simply shuffle their feet along the bottom so as to gently push a stingray out of the way instead of stepping right on top of it.

The world’s oceans are home to a wide variety of rays; over 500 different species spanning 13 families to be exact. With their cartilaginous bodies, rays are close cousins of the shark. They do differ, however, in their body shape, number of gill slits, and ways in which they swim and breathe. A ray’s tail is generally very long and skinny, and in many species equipped with a sharp, venomous barb which they use as their main line of defense. This makes it very important for divers who may be shore diving in areas containing stingrays to do the “stingray shuffle” when entering the water: they simply shuffle their feet along the bottom so as to gently push a stingray out of the way instead of stepping right on top of it.

Giant oceanic manta ray

Scuba diving with mantas is one of the most amazing experiences any diver can have underwater.

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Reef manta ray

There is nothing like watching reef manta rays, these large filter feeders soar past you like a flock of birds - find out where.

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Seeing these beautiful animals underwater is an incredible moment that will last a lifetime.

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As long as you keep a safe distance, you can experience beautiful dives with stingrays.

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Click here to find the most popular areas to dive with electric rays.

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Skates can be found in most parts of the world - find it out exactly here.

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Diving with guitarfish is fairly common as they are abundant in numbers and widely distributed throughout tropical and warm temperate ocean waters.

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