bat ray

noun

: a stingray (Myliobatis californica) of coastal waters from Oregon to the Gulf of California having two long pectoral fins and a large protruding head

Examples of bat ray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bora Bora’s marine life and coral formations are a major attraction for divers and snorkelers seeking stunning scenery below the surface, which includes eagle rays, bat rays, manta rays, leopard rays, sea turtles, a variety of sharks, and tropical fish. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Jan. 2024 The carcasses reported so far include sturgeons, bat rays, chinook salmon and striped bass. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2023 Juvenile sharks eat animals that live on the sea floor, such as crabs, squid, small fish, bat rays and stingrays — all of which are easy to find near the shore. Gina Errico, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 Touch tanks — the shallow, interactive tide pool and bat ray exhibits — will be open for looking but not touching, at least at first, Vernon added. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, 22 June 2020 For decades, oyster farmers vacuumed up mature oysters from the bay floor, which ravaged the ecosystem, killing bat rays and grinding up rare eel grasses. Richard Stenger, SFChronicle.com, 3 July 2018 Its featured activities, which are scheduled before the park opens, include touching and feeding bat rays, interacting with moon jellies and a dolphin playtime session. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, 20 June 2018 At times — usually at high tides on flat, calm mornings — paddlers can see bat rays hovering across the flats. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2018 Or, wake up to a morning of ocean kayaking through kelp beds while on the lookout for sea lions, bat rays, and bottlenose dolphins. Erin Behan, Los Angeles Magazine, 7 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bat ray was in 1887

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“Bat ray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bat%20ray. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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