blue spotted stingray on ningaloo reef

Our guide Cameron, has taken a great picture of a blue-spotted stingray he found whilst snorkeling on the reef at the front of Sal Salis. 

The colourful stingray is immediately recognisable by the large, bright, iridescent blue spots on its body.  They are commonly found on the sandy or rocky bottoms of coral reefs, in shallow continental shelf waters.  Feeding is most common during the day and they eat small fish, worms and shrimps.  Breeding occurs from the late spring through to the summer with a gestation period ranging from four months to a year.  The female gives birth to live pups that have hatched from eggs inside the uterus with each pup showing distinct markings of its parents.