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Ray Identification

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island_sands

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hi there

can anybody help me to identify the species of this ray? I suspect that it is a Jenkins Ray ... but the spots above the eyes delude me. I don't think it is a pink whipray.

the wingspan is about 2 1/2 to 3 metres. i could not stretch my arms wide enough to measure it, so it's my nearest guestimate.

photographed at 39m, taken from a video shot. (so sorry about the quality).

any feedback would be great.
thanks a mil
S-L
 

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DiverD

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Where was the photo taken? The location could help narrow the possibilities.
 

island_sands

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Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives

Hi DiverD
this was taken on the outside reef of Rasdhoo Atoll, in Maldives. I checked all the local shark and ray books, and have eliminated the pink whipray and jenkins ray as an option.
it is something else.
one month ago i saw a similar ray to the photo on a night dive, sailing past with two large sharksuckers attached to her.

couldn't get close enough to identify any particular markings though. the one in the photo had a wingspan of about 3 1/2 metres.
 

DiverD

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the only reason I ask is it looks like the typical "stingray" or maybe an "electric ray" for what we have in So. CA.

I have no ideas about the maldives and certainly have no clue.

Looks a lot like wha I said above, though.

cheers!
 
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