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Stingrays are ovoviviparous

Stingrays are ovoviviparous, meaning that the eggs hatch inside the mother’s body and are fed with fluid and egg yolks until they are ready to be born.

Common Eagle Rays (Myliobatis aquila) give birth to 4-7 live young after a gestation period of 1 year. From the time the pups are born, they are 100% capable of fending for themselves in the wild.

Born at the Two Oceans Aquarium, these eagle ray pups we roughly the size of 2 small human hands. As critically endangered species, they will eventually be released back into the ocean, where it is hoped they will live to reach their 20 year maximum lifespan and have many babies of their own.

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