Boo-tiful Bat Ray
A young bat ray flaps its winglike fins to swoop through seagrass and shadows in our Sandy Shore & Aviary exhibit. A bat ray can use its pectoral fins for digging as well as swimming, flapping them in the sand to uncover clams and other buried prey. Other fishes often hunt for leftover prey in the pit a bat ray has dug.
A relative of skates and sharks, this elasmobranch can be found in muddy and sandy bottom bays, kelp forests and close to coral reefs throughout the eastern Pacific Ocean and near the Galapagos Islands. Several bays and wetland areas along the coasts of California and Baja, including nearby Elkhorn Slough, are important bat ray nurseries and feeding grounds.