The various types of rays inhabiting the waters are some of the most beautiful creatures you could ever hope to see when you explore their underwater world. While most everyone has heard about the many conservation groups working with various governments to stop the practice of shark fin trade, not many realize that several types of rays are being targeted for their fins as well.
These are just a few of the many types of rays that are being killed for their fins. Often, the ray’s fin cartilage is used as filler for the ever-popular shark fin soup. The fins are also used for making various Chinese medications. Sadly, many countries that once protected these beautiful rays now allow mass killings of these wonderful creatures. These practices not only cause rays to be greatly endangered, but if laws and practices aren’t changed, many types of rays could soon become extinct.
The largest of the rays is probably the most hunted, and that is most likely due to its size providing more product. These amazing giants can reach the incredible size of up to 23 feet wide and may weigh as much as 3,000 pounds. While often spotted feeding in open ocean, this ray is most commonly found in warmer tropical waters near coral reefs and continental shelves where food is plentiful.
Second in size only to the Manta Ray, these are also high on the list of those being hunted. They may grow up to 17 feet wide and may weigh up to a ton. They are often referred to as a flying ray due to their love of breaching the water in spectacular fashion and sometimes as high as six feet into the air.
These are smaller in size, but they are hunted just the same. They are considered delightful to watch and are often described as flying through the water like a butterfly. Despite their name, at least two of their kind have no stingers. They can be found in coastal marine waters all over the world, in deep ocean and some can even be found in rivers.
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