Monday, September 21, 2009

Sting Ray, Ecuador

A sting ray lifts from the sea floor off Salango, Ecuador. Every time one came up, startled by me and shooting away into the murk, my heart leapt at the sudden billow of sand.

Regarding their longevity, the Animal Diversity Web report:

Some researchers estimate that the largest sharks and rays may not reach maturity until 20 to 30 years of age, and that they may live to maximum ages of 70 to 100 years or more...

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