The Mystery and Wonder of smooth stingrays
Despite being abundant throughout their range, almost nothing is known about these majestic sea flap flaps. Essentially all we know is they are big, they are stingrays and they are found in the coastal waters of South Africa, southern Australia, New Zealand (and maybe Japan, but we aren't too sure).
My mission is to use the population found in Jervis Bay, NSW to shed light on some of the mystery that surrounds this species. Using a road range of scientific methods, including acoustic telemetry, photo ID, population genetics and stable isotope analysis, I will look at the spatial and temporal distribution, reproduction and diet of these wonderful sea blankets to build our understanding of their biology and ecology.
Have you seen a smooth stingray?
We are looking for your help to identify hotspots for smooth stingrays in south-eastern Australia. Any bit of information helps. If you think you have seen a smooth stingray, please report your sighting!
If you're unsure of what to look for, head to our about page for more information.