Scientific name: Aetobatus narinari
Size: Up to 60 inches wingspan
Color: Brown gray and white
Distinguishing feature: Diamond-shaped body, white spots on the top, very long and fine tail. Muzzle in duckbill.
Where did we see it: Zanzibar, French polynesia, Mexico, Maldives
The body is 1.8 times wider than long (without the tail) The tail measures about 2.2 times the body.
This ray moves over great lengths, sometimes in shoal of up to several hundred individuals. It is a diurnal species.
It can make very big accelerations to escape its predators (the white tip shark and the hammerhead shark).
It can throw itself out of the water, it could be that to be de-wormed.
The largest specimen had a wingspan of 10.8 feet and a total length of 27.9 feet
Parrotfish create a protective envelope around them when they are sleeping.
So, don't put the light on them during night dive to don't to wake them up and break this envelope.
The whale shark is the largest fish in the world!
Some whales are larger, but they are mammals, not fish!
Some sharks can stay motionless on the sand (white tips reef sharks, nurse sharks, etc.).
These sharks don't have to swim to bring oxygen to their gills like other sharks (grey, hammerheads tc.)