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Hey guys, Bill here! Stingrays and manta rays come in many shapes and sizes, but one of the coolest rays in all the ocean has to be the giant Shark Ray.
In the front they are broad like a ray, but the back section they are all shark with dual dorsal fins. How cool is that! Also known as a bowmouth guitarfish (because it resembles a guitar shape), this large species can reach a length of 2.7 m (8.9 ft) and weigh up to 135 kg (298 lb).
Unfortunately, if you want to see these creatures in the wild, you’re going to have to go to the Indian Ocean or the Western pacific… which is way far if you live in the US like I do. But I did discover one of the best places to see these big shark rays in the US, And believe it or Not…. its in the in the middle of the mojave desert … In Las Vegas, Nevada!
In one of the biggest resorts in town, there’s a major Aquarium with full grown Shark Rays in it. It’s called the “Shark Reef” and it’s main tank is filled with 1.3 million gallons of water. This Aquarium displays all kinds of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, even a green sawtooth shark, but the real celebrities here are the shark rays!
Just step inside what they call the Shark Tunnel and within seconds you will have a very up close and personal encounter – guaranteed! Check out this video of the experience!
Shark Rays are not dangerous to humans…. They like to eat crabs and stuff like that… but their numbers in the wild are dwindling due to overfishing. They are killed for the shark fin on top. It’s the main ingredient in Shark Fin Soup which is popular in certain parts of the world.
Attempts to breed these amazing creatures in captivity so far has been a failure. Seven Pups born at the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky all died within a few months of their birth. Geat more details on this by watching the video below.