HABITAT: Bat rays are found along the west coast from Oregon to the Gulf of California, usually in kelp forests and estuaries. Bat rays are bottom feeders and are commonly seen swimming along the bottom of the bay nestling in the mud.
DIET: Bat rays eat clams, crabs, shrimp, fish, snails and abalone.
PREDATORS: The bat ray is eaten by sharks and humans.
FUN FACT: At the base of their long, whip-like tail they have a small dorsal fin followed by a venomous spine used for defense.
Photo by David Parker