The Eye of a Ray

bluespotted ribbontail ray

The eye of a bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma), reflects light from the underwater  strobes, appearing as though it is glowing inside. Blue spotted ribbontail rays are small rays, rarely exceeding 35 cm in width.

They are nocturnal feeders moving at night in small groups onto sandy flats to feed, as the sun comes up they return to their hiding places on the reef. They are often spotted by scuba divers semi submerged in sand under a coral overhang with just their eyes or tail protruding.

Image taken by Hannah Jane using a Nikon D7000 with an Ikelite housing and DS-161 strobes.