5 Interesting Facts About Numb Rays

Numb Ray

This is a numb ray looking for a yummy meal

Today I want to write about an animal that’s cool to look at, but not touch, the numb ray.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These strange rays can grow up to 60 cm long, but are usually about 40 cm long.
  2. They are ambush predators, hiding underneath the sand and attacking very quickly.  They electrocute their prey and then swallow it whole.  They are not considered dangerous to people, but if you touch one with your hand, the shock will make your hand go numb.
  3. They are also called coffin rays as they are able to stretch their mouth to swallow very large prey.  When they have a large victim in their stomach it gives them a boxy look like a coffin.  They mostly eat fish, but have also been found with rats and even little penguins in their stomach.  Sometimes, they try to eat prey so big that they choke on it.
  4. At breeding time, females give birth to 4-8 live pups which are about 11 cm long.
  5. Numb rays can be found in shallow water near the west, south and east coasts of Australia.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about numb rays?

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