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Loggerhead sea turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle

Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Threadfin butterflyfish

Threadfin butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Common bluestripe snapper

Common bluestripe snapper

Five-lined snapper

Five-lined snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Yellowbanded sweetlips

Yellowbanded sweetlips

Clown triggerfish

Clown triggerfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Javanese cownose ray

Javanese cownose ray

Facts

LatinRhinoptera javanica
Size150 cm
FoodMussels and crustaceans
HabitatCoastal waters at sand and mud bottoms
IUCN

Vulnerable

Vulnerable. The biggest threat is overfishing

LocationThe Indian Ocean and western Pacific
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The one with a nose and wings

The cownose ray practically flies through the water when it swims and has a large, distinctive nose.

Cooperate for food

The cownose ray swims in enormous groups of 500 individuals. When the rays swim together, their fins stir up the seabed. This is how they find food.

Births its young

Like many other rays and sharks, the cownose ray gives birth to its young. It usually only has 1-2 young. However, they are quite large when they are born: approx. 60cm long.

Mistaken for sharks

In shallow water, the cownose ray often swims with the tip of its fin sticking up out of the water. This has been known to frighten swimmers, who think they have spotted a shark.


The Shipwreck

Venomous fish

The crevices of the coral reef

The small mouths

Tropical touchpool

Coral reef

Small fish

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