Spectacular Aetobatus narinari jaws reveal the distinctive tongue of this remarkable species. Mature spotted eagle rays can reach lengths of up to 5 meters, with the largest individuals boasting a wingspan of up to 3 meters and weighing up to 230 kilograms. Spotted eagle rays primarily prey on bivalves, crabs, whelks, and other benthic invertebrates. They also consume mollusks, crustaceans—particularly malacostracans—echinoderms, polychaete worms, hermit crabs, shrimp, octopuses, and small fish.
The specialized chevron-shaped tooth structure of the spotted eagle ray aids in crushing the hard shells of mollusks. Their jaws feature calcified struts that support them and prevent damage when breaking through tough prey shells. These rays exhibit unique behavior, often observed digging with their snouts in ocean sand. This particular specimen hails from the waters of Madagascar and is presented in a double black lacquered wood mount, meticulously crafted by One of a Kind.