Myliobatis californica

Habitat: Typically found in bays, shallow sandy areas, mud flats and kelp beds.

Average adult size: Adults grow to a width of four feet and more than 200 pounds.

Natural history: Bat rays swim alone or in schools of hundreds. They travel inshore to spawn and breed in the summer. They are more active at night, swimming in midwater and up to the surface. Bat rays living in kelp beds feed primarily on snails, abalones and worms. Female bat rays may live to be 24 years old.

Range: from the Gulf of California to Oregon.

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