Friday, May 10, 2013

Another Visitor

Yesterday morning Jackson was out on the dock when he came running in and told me he had a surprise for me.  I quickly grabbed my camera and came out to to see this little baby.

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It is hard to tell the size from this perspective, but it is a baby!

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Anything in a miniature version is oh so much cuter than the real thing!

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It was high tide and the water came up pretty high on the beach.

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I’m pretty sure that they eat algae and his mouth is like a big suction thing that sucks it up and spits sand and debris out after it gets the algae.

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We must have a lot of algae because this little guy stuck around for a LONG time!NIK_2016

The boys really got an up close and personal science lesson.

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Of course they had to give him a name that is related to a physical aspect.  Welcome to our cay, Dots!NIK_2018

Hey Dots is better than Ray, which is what they would have named him a year ago.NIK_2022

“Mom, he’s a ray, so we can call him Ray!  Get it?”

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If you recall from prior posts on the other Eagle Rays we have seen, they usually are see in sets of two or three.

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I wonder if this one got separated from its family and that is why it stuck around so long.

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I can hear the mom saying, “If you get lost, stay where you are, I’ll come find you.”

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This one did just that…circling around and being a good little Spotted Eagle Ray!

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When they want to turn they lift one wing up and push the other one down.

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I was trying to get a picture with a boy in it, so that you can tell how small this one was.NIK_2038

Kind of works,  but obviously J is closer to the camera than the ray was.

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This is a little better, but if you look at the wheels of the Tonka truck up on the beach you can see the size a little better.

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Hopefully we will get to see this little one grow up!

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