Bat rays, also known as eagle rays, are unaggressive predators. They use their “wings” and snout to push sand from the ocean floor and expose leftovers from other fish buried beneath the sand. They have one to three venomous tails or spines stemming from the end of their spine. However, these are used only in self defense and not as a mechanism for attack. Therefore, a bat ray will not seek out a person or any other creature to sting but if stepped on, kicked, or grabbed it may deliver a forceful shock which can be very painful. Their venom is protein based and can be diluted with hot water if the victim doesn’t have an allergic reaction. It is always wise to use one’s feet while wading into the ocean to sick up sand and scare away any bat rays one could otherwise accidentally step on.
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