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Considered a pelagic wanderer, The Atlantic Devil Ray, Mobula hypostoma searches for its preferred  prey, crustaceans such as shrimp and krill. Employing  its  cephalic fins to focus  food towards  its mouth, it sometimes feeds in shoals along the Florida Gulf Coast.

Each year, Blue Water Ventures travels to the Sea of Cortez on a 10 day expedition where we sometimes have the extraordinary experience of snorkeling with Mobulas as shown in the video.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALacking a defensive spine, Mobulas find protection through sheer speed and in the company of other rays. Their common name “devil ray” is derived from the curled appearance of their cephalic fins when not in the feeding mode.

 

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