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Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray

This particular Ray was steadfast in its desire to remain half buried in its sandy spot as divers approached, until they were just too close for comfort, at which point it shook itself and took flight bringing its spine on its tail round to protect itself from predation. Although a lot smaller than the ray which killed Steve Irwin, this is the same style of defence that must have resulted in his death. These Rays are beautiful with their electric blue spots and always an interesting find on any dive since they allow divers to get quite close.

Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray Taeniura lymma

This Ray is found from the intertidal zone to a depth of 30 m (100 ft) and is common throughout the tropical Indian and western Pacific Oceans in nearshore, coral reefs. It is a fairly small Ray, not exceeding 35 cm (14 in) in width, with a mostly smooth, oval pectoral fin disc, large protruding eyes and a relatively short and thick tail with a deep fin fold underneath. It is easily identified by its striking colour pattern of many electric blue spots on a yellowish background. This Ray is capable of injuring humans with its venomous tail spines, though it prefers to flee if threatened.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm F2.8 Fisheye, 1/50th sec @ f11, ISO 200, Sea & Sea Housing and Two Sea & Sea YS250 strobes on ¼ power. Taken on scuba at 20m at Sodwana Bay, South Africa

Photograph by Andrew Woodburn