Rays have broad, flattened bodies with eyes located on the upper, dark colored surface of the body. Their mouth and gills are located on the lower, light colored surface of their body. Their pectoral fins are extremely well developed and extend from the tail to the sides of their head. The huge pectoral fins allow the fish to move through the water at a slow pace. Rays have small mouths with rows of flat teeth that are perfect for crushing the shells of the mollusks and crustaceans that they eat. Rays have small mouths containing huge teeth. The creatures often bury themselves in the sand while waiting for a meal. They can camouflage themselves by changing colors.
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