Commonly heard on tour being called the "Aaarrrgghh" Stingray, or "OMG" Ray, or "It's a massive" Ray, sometimes even "Manta" Ray, these fascinating animals are in fact the Smooth Stingray.
The largest of the Australian stingray species, they are gorgeous to watch as they gracefully and effortlessly move around.
They rate as one of our absolute favourites to see because they have such a powerful presence.
To the unfamiliar eye, they may appear menacing as it appears they have very large black eyes. However, their eyes, relatively small, sit forward of openings called the spiracles. A spiracle is essentially an inlet for water to allow the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide as the water passes over the gill filaments and then exits from the underside of the body out through the gill openings.
The Smooth Stingray, is just one of the wonderful array of marine animals that you may encounter on a snorkel tour with us.
You'll be pleased to know that these animals are completely wild and there's no feeding, or human intervention or other influences on their behaviour. So when you encounter one, you know the experience is authentic and real and it's because of the animal's own sense of trust and curiosity.