Researchers Tag and Track Giant Eagle Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Mote Marine Laboratory researchers are tagging and tracking giant eagle rays in the Gulf of Mexico.

The giant rays _ which can weigh up to 200 pounds _ make the west coast of Florida home between March and November.

Where they go in the winter remains a mystery.

In Florida, it is illegal to kill spotted eagle rays, but elsewhere in the world, fishermen catch them to sell for food.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ( reports that scientists want to fill the research gaps by finding the rays’ growth rate, their population size and whether they breed off the Florida Keys, Cuba or Mexico.

News Talk Florida Staff