didn't expect to see this on my walk but there it was swimming along.
Spotted sitting atop a seagrass bed.
He was lurking not far from "Grecian Rocks," a shallow "reef" frequented by the John Pennekamp snorkel tour boats.
I say "reef" in quatation marks because there doesn't look like there is a lot of coral there; it is more a coral graveyard where sponges and macroalgae thrive now.
Rajiformes is one of the four orders in the superorder Batoidea, flattened cartilaginous fishes related to sharks. Rajiforms are distinguished by the presence of greatly enlarged pectoral fins, which reach as far forward as the sides of the head, with a generally flattened body. The undulatory pectoral fin motion diagnostic to this taxon is known as rajiform locomotion. The eyes and spiracles are located on the upper surface of the head and the gill slits are...