A little under water did you know

Sting rays have a slimy covering protecting them from prey. This particular fellow enjoyed being massaged, honest.

Thanks for dropping by my newstand in the ocean.

Researching for my underwater paranormal fantasy romance, Dagger’s Bite, A Brothers of Element series, I came across some interesting marine life facts of which I will post weekly. Each story in the series will take place in a different body of water covering the lives of six tiger shark brothers protecting their source of shifting.

Here are a few tid bits about sting rays. (As you can see from the picture, I like sting rays)

Sting rays:

The common sting ray (Dasyatis pastinaca) lives on sandy or muddy bottoms in the black sea, often half-buried in the substrate, and near rocky reefs.

Manta Ray:

Despite its size- its wingspan can reach 25 feet (7.5m)-the manta ray (Manta birostris) is a graceful creature. It glides majestically through the waters of all tropical oceans, filtering water through its gills for plankton. Coral reefs are its favored habitat.

Cow Nose:

In early fall, millions or more Atlantic cownose rays (rhinoptera bonasus) gather at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, then migrate together to warmer Florida waters. Pregnant females carry unborn pups until the following spring, when they are born upon the ray’s return.

(REMEMBER TO WATCH OUT FOR THE BARB)