They often leap as a group and have been spotted several times by photographers in waters off California. ray, is an eagle ray of the genus Mobula, The devil ray is born fairly large at 55cm disc width and can attain a maximum disc width of 120cm after full maturation. Mobula rays in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortés) have been reported to reach as high as 2 meters (6.5 feet) above the sea. Rays are extremely curious around humans and are fond of swimming with scuba divers on our Galapagos Diving Cruises and also snorkelers. There is very little sexual dimorphism with males only being 4-5 cm larger than females (Robins and. Their main predator in nature is Orca. These marine animals are expert acrobats. These beautiful and majestic creatures go by several names including the “Lesser Devil Ray” and the “Atlantic Devil Ray”. A flying ray at Baja California coast. But their moves remain a mystery to scientists.
December to January & June to August. Ray, 1986). The Devil Ray is so-called due to its distinctive ‘horns’ that grow on either side of its wide head. The Mobula Birostris (Giant Oceanic Manta Ray) and the Mobula Japanica (Spinetail Devil Ray).
Mobula rays can range in size from 17 feet from wingtip to wingtip, like the devil fish, to less than four feet wide, like the pygmy devil ray. Among the shark species mentioned in the literature as probable manta hunters are the bull shark and tiger shark, both apex predators in the manta’s tropical and subtropical range. The lucky few may even be graced with their predator, the orca. Mobula species identified Euphausiids (krill) as the dominant (>90%) prey item for four species (M. birostris, Mobula tarapacana, M. japanica, and M. thurstoni), over all locations and ray sizes, with stable isotope studies indicating they were second level consumers with large over-lap in their isotopic niche space. Mobula Rays are near-threatened. Probably the most significant predators of manta rays are large sharks, which are found everywhere the rays are and which possess the size, strength and weaponry to tackle such formidable fare. Launching itself six feet above the ocean’s surface, a fish called a mobula ray does a flip before plunging back into the water with a splash. The oft forgotten cousin of the sharks, rays play an incredibly important role in our ecosystems yet go largely unnoticed & under funded.

The name “Devil Ray” actually came from a description of the animals face. Their mouths are located underneath their heads, and they use “cephalic fins” on either side of the head to help funnel in food and water. Join our treks to the sea to experience one of the most amazing assemblages of marine animals. The fish is traveling with about a hundred other rays that also jump, twirl, and belly flop as they move through the sea. Mobula rays breaching. Mobula Ray tours, Los Cabos & LA PAz . The Mobula ray is a slightly smaller cousin of the giant Manta ray. These fins gave rise to their common name because of the resemblance to devil horns.