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Monarch Sting Ray feeding


The Monarch Sting Ray (Stimulus Monarcha illuminas) was a newly-found discovery by the biologists of the National Geographic in 2010. The monarch sting ray was found in the Atlantic Sea. Unlike typical sting rays, the monarch sting ray does not live at the bottom of the ocean floor. According to biologist, Kevin Trudell, the monarch lives in open water. It’s surprising that the ray has just recently been discovered.  Marine biologists are unsure about how long this animal has been around; but as they were researching the first one found, they estimated that it was around 75 years old which is more than the average life span of their distant cousin the sting ray who lives from 15-25 years.  This animal has now been classified as the most poisonous known to man. The black tips of it’s pectoral fin are poisonous once touched by a predator. It’s razor-blade tail allows the monarch to poison and paralze their predators. Though the monarch sting ray is the most poisonous sea animal, they are partially blind. They are unable to see during daylight which is why they have antlers. The antlers can be considered as their “walking stick” to humans. Their antlers give off vibrations to the monarchs brain to sense if there is another sea animal within a 5 mile radius of them. The antlers help the monarch to detect if there is a predator near. When it is time to feed, they can eat up to 40 pounds of clams, shrimp, worms, etc.   Even though the ray lives in open water, because of their small mouth they are “bottom feeders”. 

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