A school of spotted eagle rays glides gracefully through the island-speckled waters of the Maldives. The rays are often seen gathering in groups near the surface, “flying” through the water by flapping their pectoral fins and sometimes even leaping porpoise-like into the air. The ray’s dorsal side, invisible in this image, is covered with a signature pattern of vivid spots.

Spotted Eagle Rays

A school of spotted eagle rays glides gracefully through the island-speckled waters of the Maldives. The rays are often seen gathering in groups near the surface, “flying” through the water by flapping their pectoral fins and sometimes even leaping porpoise-like into the air. The ray’s dorsal side, invisible in this image, is covered with a signature pattern of vivid spots.
Photograph by Paul Sutherland, National Geographic

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