Panther electric ray

Panther electric ray

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Caption: Panther electric ray (Torpedo panthera). This ray is found in the tropical waters of the western Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. It lives on the seabed, at depths of up to 100 metres, often burying itself in the sand as protection against predators. The ray's skeleton is not made from bone, but cartilage. Rays feed on crustaceans and small fish. Electric rays have electrogenic organs on either side of their heads. These organs produce strong electric shocks that are used to stun the ray's prey. Photographed in the Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt.

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