Resting on the bottom of the sea

We both basically wanted a nap

A stingray relaxes on the bottom of the ocean. I also put my elbows down to kick back with him. I vividly remember leading this dive and being very excited when I found the ray for my divers.

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Rays in the mud


Above is a well-hidden ray over the coast of Ecuador, known locally by fishermen and naturalists as a pan stingray. The name comes from it’s size: about that of a round frying pan.

Don’t know the scientific name or species details; but a cursory Google search only returned recipes for things like “pan-fried stingray with tomato.”

The mottled brown color provides excellent camouflage when the ray roots around in the rocks, sand and mud of the sea floor.

Pan ray covering itself

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Stingray stink-eye

I know how cool I am

Another diamond stingray off the coast of Isla de la Plata. These guys grow abnormally huge in the waters there. Some will reach right near two meters wide.

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Crikey! I’m not Steve Irwin


I don’t antagonize sting rays. And I avoid that tail where a sharp and poisonous barb lies.

Therefore, they’re harmless. Beautiful and harmless. This Diamond Stingray was resting during the day off Isla de la Plata, near Puerto Lopez.

Stingrays are mostly nocturnal and eat primarily by sucking small critters and whatnot from the sandy bottom. When resting, hiding or stalking, they frequently burrow into the sand as above.

For a few weeks, the blog will be dominated by underwater photography from my weeks diving on the coast of Ecuador and around the Galapagos.

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Say hello to my little friend

Aow Leuk's resident star

Meet the Jenkins’ Whipray of Aow Leuk, a dive sit off Koh Tao. About a meter-wide, he parked under a stubby pinnacle for the gawking pleasure of divers.

As I am traveling through the Midwest and not near the Internet as often, I’ll be posting a long series of diving photos from Thailand.

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