‘Hearing’ eagle rays yields ecological insights in Indian River Lagoon

(Floridatoday.com, Jim Waymer, March 8, 2021)

Florida Atlantic University’s marine biologists have studied the white spotted eagle ray in the Indian River Lagoon uncovering very interesting insights into the ‘sounds’ the rays make.  The research is “first to characterize up close what habitat white spotted rays use in Florida while also identifying areas of potential interactions between the species, boats, fishing pressure, dredges and the ray’s multiple other environmental threats.”  The ray occupies the crucial middle of the food chain, playing a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance among marine life.  The knowledge obtained will help to determine how the pollution in the Indian River Lagoon is affecting this species.  To read the entire article, click here.