Not just a
huge collection of
Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
to help divers find the best places to encounter the different
species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has
slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on
all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
now more than 10,000 shark pictures and sections on shark
evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of
reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a
monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are
numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is
now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and
pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be
eagle ray, Southern bat ray, Australian Eagle Ray, New Zealand Eagle Ray.
Synonyms: Myliobatis australis
Pectoral fins narrow and pointed. Subrostral lobe (beak) short and rounded.
Dorsum brown with pale blue blotches.
span to 150cm.
rocky and coral
reef faces, and sand flats (where it feeds).
Abundance and distribution:
New Zealand and Australia (from Queensland around the southern coast to W.A.)
Often found resting in sand in excavated depressions. Forages in the sand for
shelled mollusks and crabs but will take fish incidentally as shown by the bat
rays at Hamelin Bay (See diving logistics).
Hamelin Bay, W.Australia.
The New Zealand eagle ray (M.tenuicaudatus) is possibly the same species.
Reaction to divers:
Usually difficult to approach except at Hamelin Bay. See Below.
By far the best spot to see and photograph Southern bat rays is Hamelin Bay in
W.Australia. Here the presence of scraps in the water has resulted in these and
other ray species becoming desensitized to contact with humans. Waders and
snorkellers are able to feed the rays right from shore. Noone appears to have
been hurt in this activity and the rays that come in to take advantage of the
snacks are able to be petted and hand fed.
Other diving locations submitted by readers:
Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.