Stingray Facts



  • Stingrays are a huge group of over 300 species of fish, which includes skates, sting Stingrays, electric Stingrays, manta Stingrays, eagle Stingrays and guitar fish.
  • Many Stingrays have flat, almost diamond-shaped bodies, with pectoral fins elongated into broad wings. Guitar fish have longer, more shark-like bodies.
  • A stingray’s gills are slot like openings beneath its fins.
  • Stingrays have no bones. Instead, like sharks, they are cartilaginous fish – their body framework is made of rubbery cartilage (you have this in your nose and ears).
  • Stingrays live mostly on the ocean floor, feeding on seabed creatures such as oysters, clams and other shellfish.
  • Manta Stingrays live near the surface and feed on plankton.
  • The Atlantic manta ray is the biggest ray, often over 7 m wide and 6 m long.
  • Stingrays get their name from their whip-like tail, with its poisonous barbs. A sting from a stingray can make a human very ill.
  • Electric Stingrays are tropical Stingrays able to give off a powerful electric charge to defend themselves against attackers.
  • The black torpedo ray can put out a 220 volt shock – as much as a household electric socket.