#4995 Whiptail Stingray - Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam (Holland)
Whiptail Stingray at the Artis Royal Zoo (also known as Natura Artis Magistra), Amsterdam (Holland)
The Whiptail Stingrays are a family, the Dasyatidae, of rays in the order Myliobatiformes. They are found worldwide in tropical to temperate marine waters, and a number of species have also penetrated into fresh water in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Members of this family have flattened pectoral fin discs that range from oval to diamond-like in shape. Their common name comes from their whip-like tails, which are much longer than the disc and lack dorsal and caudal fins. All Whiptail Stingrays, except the Porcupine Ray, have one or more venomous stings near the base of the tail, which is used in defence. Usually rays will swim out of harms way if approached, however they can give a nasty sting which could prove fatal.