Discovered in 1984 off South African shores, and formally described in 2007, the ornate sleeper ray (Electrolux addisoni) is named after Mark Addison (who caught the individual that was formally described). It's also bed after the Electrolux vacuum cleaner, which the International Institute for Species Exploration says has, "vigorous sucking action displayed on the videotape of the feeding ray that...may rival a well-known electrical device used to suck the detritus from carpets, furniture, and other dust-gathering surfaces in the modern home."
Unfortunately, it lives in an area that's heavily used by people for boating, sport fishing and diving, so it's habitat is shrinking with no signs of help in sight.
If you'd like to find out more about this electric species of sleeper ray, it's in 12th place on the @ top 50 most endangered species list of sharks and rays, which just came out today. 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊
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