Fly like an eagle ray

Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray –
Aetobatus narinari

There is a row of six or seven papillae (small projections) on the roof and floor of the mouth behind the teeth that are believed to separate shells from prey prior to ingestion.

Spotted eagle ray preys mainly upon bivalves, crabs, whelks, benthic infauna they also feed on mollusks, crustaceans, particularly malacostracans and also upon hermit crabs, shrimp, octopuses, and some small fish.]

The spotted eagle ray’s specialized chevron-shaped tooth structure helps it to crush the mollusks’ hard shells. The jaws of these rays have developed calcified struts to help them break through the shells of mollusks, by supporting the jaws and preventing dents from hard prey. These rays have the unique behavior of digging with their snouts in the sand of the ocean. ] While doing this, a cloud of sand surrounds the ray and sand spews from its gills.


Etymology:
Aetobatus – Greek Aetos = ‘eagle’ + batus = ‘a ray’
narinari – Nari (asomtavruli Ⴌ, nuskhuri ⴌ, mkhedruli ნ) is the 14th letter of the three Georgian scripts. Nari commonly represents the alveolar nasal consonant /n/, like the pronunciation of ⟨n⟩ in “nose”.

Bonus fact that is probably not true:
Steve Millers famous song was originally written about rays not birds:

Lyrics:
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future

Wanna fly like an eagle ray
In the sea
Fly like an eagle ray
Let water carry me
I want to fly like an eagle ray
'Till I'm free
Oh, Lord, through the revolution ...



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