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A bat ray (Myliobatis californica) at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

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A bat ray (Myliobatis californica) at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

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A bat ray (Myliobatis californica) at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

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A bat ray (Myliobatis californica) at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

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A California round ray (Urobatis halleri) at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas NV.

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A California round ray (Urobatis halleri) at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas NV.

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A California round ray (Urobatis halleri) at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV.

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Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.

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Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.

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Common stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca) at Loro Parque’s aquarium in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

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Common stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca) at Loro Parque’s aquarium in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

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Yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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The tail of a yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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A Xingu river ray, Potamotrygon leopoldi, at the Dallas World Aquarium.

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A Xingu river ray, Potamotrygon leopoldi, at the Dallas World Aquarium.

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Stingrays (Dasyatidae) move about at the Xcaret eco park in Cancun, Mexico.

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Stingrays (Dasyatidae) move about at the Xcaret eco park in Cancun, Mexico.

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A stingray caught by fisherman in Florida Bay near Flamingo in Everglades National Park, Florida.

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A stingray caught by fisherman in Florida Bay near Flamingo in Everglades National Park, Florida.

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During the wet season in the Brazilian Pantanal, a cattle pasture becomes a resting spot for a freshwater stingray. Annual flooding allows stingrays and a host of fish to patrol farmland looking for places to feed and spawn.

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A freshwater stingray buries itself in the sand to wait, camouflaged, for its prey in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A freshwater stingray lies buried and camouflaged in sand waiting for its prey in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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