A resident on Frond D was lucky enough to photograph this specimen feeding in the lagoon between fronds D and E.
This ray is commonly called a Cownose Ray (Scientific name: Rhinoptera bonasus), which is from the same family as the more popularly known Eagle Rays and Manta Rays, however they are one of the smaller species of rays, averaging 70cm in wing tip width.
Cownose Rays are found in tropical waters throughout the world and migrate in large schools. The species is actually listed as near threatened, due to pressure from commercial fishing by-catch and the fact that they are slow breeders.
Cownose Rays are bottom feeders, therefore they forage for oysters, clams, crabs and other invertebrate species in the sediments. This feeding behaviour explains why they can be seen in the intertidal section of shallow protected waters.
Waders should exercise caution, and shuffle their feet in the sand as they walk, since these rays do have a stinger, however the venom is quite weak and would exhibit similar symptoms to that of a bee sting.
The presence of these animals in Nakheel waters is an indication that our projects offer shelter and feeding grounds to a variety of species. Therefore, residents are encouraged to appreciate the wildlife that appears on the shores or in the water, observing from a distance and not harming, disturbing or feeding them.
Residents are also encouraged to take pictures of any wildlife they observe around the Palm Jumeirah with the date, time of day and location. We will gladly identify it and provide biological, environmental and safety information.
Please send your photographs and questions to the environmental team at email@example.com