Rays { 86 images } Created 19 Apr 2012

Rays, such as skates, electric rays, guitarfishes, manta rays and stingrays are found in oceans around the world.
They can be found in both temperate and cold-water. Rays are classified as Batoidea, a type of cartilaginous fish that have around 500 species in 13 families. Rays are also distant cousins to sharks.

A dive with the magnificent Giant Oceanic Manta Ray, Manta birostris, is something exceptional. The largest recorded Oceanic Manta Ray was more than 25 ft (7.6 m) across from wing-tip to wing-tip and weighed over 5,300 pounds (2,400 kg). Manta Rays have a short tail and no stinging spine. They are very acrobatic, and you can see them perform aerobatic flips and rolls as they glide through the water. Visit my blog @ http://blog.stevenwsmeltzer.com/dive-site-reviews/hawaiian-dive-sites/scuba-diving-hawaii-manta-ray-dive/ for a detailed description of this incredible dive.
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