Leopard rays join Living Reef
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.