Cownose Ray

Cownose Ray

Rhinoptera bonasus

Life History:


Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Deep grove around front of head below eyes; forehead above groove indented, snout below groove is distinctly bi-lobed. Brown to olive above, with no spots or marks, wings long and pointed. Lower surface white or yellowish white. Does have a stinging barb.

Size: Usually 2-3 feet across but have been measured up to 7 feet.

Age at Maturity:

Range: Florida to Nova Scotia

Habitat: Oceanic species that sometimes comes close to shore. Found off the coast of Florida and Georgia and down to northern South America. Also found throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Angling Information:


Bait and Tackle: Surf or spinning tackle baited with shrimp, crab, or other cut bait

Fishing Method: Still fishing

Food Value: Very good, tastes like scallops