Leopard rays join Liv­ing Reef

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PAIR of leopard rays are the new­est ad­di­tions to the Liv­ing Reef at Day­dream Is­land Re­sort and Spa, with the brother and sis­ter now named Hansel and Gre­tel.

The marine crea­tures are the first leopard rays to in­habit the is­land re­sort’s Liv­ing Reef, which is one of the world’s largest man­made liv­ing la­goons.

The rays were chris­tened af­ter the fa­mous brother and sis­ter fairy tale char­ac­ters fol­low­ing a nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion run by Day­dream Is­land through its Face­book page.

Day­dream Liv­ing Reef man­ager James Ast­ley said the leopard rays were an ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tion to the Liv­ing Reef’s ever-grow­ing num­ber of fish, rays, sharks and coral.

“They are brother and sis­ter [and] to our knowl­edge, [they] were caught in the wild to­gether and [they] are less than a year old,” he said.

Like their name­sake, the rays sport a strik- ing leopard-like mark­ing over their en­tire up­per sur­face. As a species, they are wide­spread in the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion. The young are born at 20cm wide and can grow to a width of around 140cm and a length of up to four me­tres.

Hansel and Gre­tel join more than 115 species of fish and 80 coral species na­tive to the Great Bar­rier Reef, which can be found in the 2,650sqm Liv­ing Reef.

The Liv­ing Reef holds more than 1.5mil­lion litres of wa­ter and is home to other star at­trac­tions like fe­male black tip reef sharks Cookie and Nib­ble, white spot man­grove rays Bill and Barb and a black shov­el­nose ray, Jack.

Guided by Liv­ing Reef bi­ol­o­gists, vis­i­tors can take part in fish and shark feed­ing shows or pro­grams like the St­ingray Splash, where guests walk knee-deep into the Liv­ing Reef and hand-feed and pat stingrays.

NEW AD­DI­TION: One of Day­dream Is­land's new leopard rays, which have joined the Liv­ing Reef la­goon.

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