Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aetobatus narinari at Honaunau

Photo Copyright 2011 by Barry Fackler

For months I have been following the progress of a young Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) which has made Honaunau Bay its home. However, while taking these photographs, I saw another ray of similar size nearby. The presence of two rays instead of one certainly accounts for the frequency of sightings which have become almost routine for SCUBA and freedivers in the bay.

Photo Copyright 2011 by Barry Fackler

All these photos are of the same individual, the other ray staying out of range. This oneis growing up nicely but still not full-sized.

Photo Copyright 2011 by Barry Fackler

As graceful as the fish are when swimming, they still have to eat. And when they do, it's anything but graceful, diving headfirst into the sand and creating a dust storm as they search for mollusks and crustaceans.

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