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Golden Ray Migration

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Every year tens of thousands of golden rays, also known as cow nosed rays, make a biannual migration between Western Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula. They are known to school in groups of 10,000 or more during their exodus. These shots were snapped off the coast of Mexico by Sandra Critelli, an amateur photographer and printed in Britain’s Daily Telegraph (more pics can be found by reading the full article).

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We’re going to need a bigger boat…

Comments

  1. #1 neural
    July 9, 2008

    amazing stuff. i love the shot also at the telegraph of the “edge” of the school.

  2. #2 Zach Miller
    July 9, 2008

    That’s incredible! I would love to see something like that someday.

  3. #3 Zelly
    July 9, 2008

    That….is epic, awesome, and utterly beautiful. They’re like the monarch butterflies of the ocean.

  4. #4 kevin z
    July 9, 2008

    Dude, we totally posted this A MONTH AGO. Quit riding out coattails and post something original ;p

  5. #5 Andrew
    July 9, 2008

    I knew I had seen this on your site somewhere, but tried using the search box this morning and it didn’t come up. Oh well, lucky no one reads your site.

  6. #6 Hilary Minor
    July 10, 2008

    Tens of thousands, eh? What majestic abundance! It must be because the Japanese haven’t discovered them to be of good eating yet! :-)

  7. #7 Liesele
    July 10, 2008

    I know I’m just repeating things here, but even though rays are not normally something to which I would gravitate I just found those photos breathtaking and beautiful. Thanks. I know, now back to your regularly scheduled oddities.

  8. #8 Pat
    July 10, 2008

    Andrew, I think you should borrow the term “Regularly Scheduled Oddities.” (Unless you have already.)

  9. #9 Jives
    July 10, 2008

    Hilary,
    you mean the Japanese haven’t discovered they’re good for scientific study.

  10. #10 Homie Bear
    July 10, 2008

    Wow those are amazing photos. The Calgary Zoo, not too far from where I live, had a bunch of cownoses but they almost all died- poisoned as far as I know.

  11. #11 ym
    July 14, 2008

    Spectacular!

  12. #12 judy withington
    July 27, 2008

    What time of year does this happen?

  13. #13 Tom Holbird
    May 5, 2009

    Love the pictures, on April 25 I saw the same type of migration 12 miles off the coast of Georgia near Tibee Island and Savannah. I didn’t have a camera, but when I saw your pictures they were identical to what I witnessed. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed at sea.

  14. #14 Tom Holbird
    May 5, 2009

    Love the pictures, on April 25 I saw the same type of migration 12 miles off the coast of Georgia near Tibee Island and Savannah. I didn’t have a camera, but when I saw your pictures they were identical to what I witnessed. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed at sea.

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