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The ray is a family of fish whose habitat includes tropical and sub-tropical oceans and seas, typically near coral reefs. Some rays also live in freshwater. Rays have a flat, bat-like body. They appear to fly through the water using their large pectoral fins as wings. The manta ray is the biggest of the rays, growing up to 25 feet across and weighing up to 2,500 pounds. Manta rays are curious about humans, and will swim around with scuba divers. The stingray has a barbed stinger on its tail. Stingrays are not aggressive, but will sting to defend itself. A sting is painful to humans, but generally not lethal. Play the following videos to learn more about the ray.