11 September 2018

Pelagic stingray feeding on floating seagrass

This young pelagic stingray Pteroplatytrygon violacea was observed feeding (with its belly up) on floating leaves of the seagrass Zostera marina.

In the Adriatic Sea waters off Veneto encounters with juvenile pelagic stingrays swimming near the surface are not rare. However, it is the first time we observed this somewhat unexpected foraging behaviour

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

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