Bullnose Ray. Image © George Burgess
These smaller rays rarely grow more than 3 feet wide, their sharply angular pectoral discs wider than their bodies are long. Their heads protrude distinctly from their find space, giving them a duck-billed look in profile. Ranging from chocolate to gray on top, and white underneath, they are ideally colored to 'flapping' around shallow estuaries and bays, and skimming along sandy bottoms looking for crustaceans and mollusks. They are mostly harmless to humans but should be handled with caution because of the sharp spine at the base of the whip-like tail.