Golden cownose ray / mustard ray / hawkray / Rhinoptera steindachneri, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
The golden cownose ray (or mustard ray, hawkray, pacific cownose ray; latin name Rhinoptera steindachneri, a species of fish in the Rhinopteridae family) swims near the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America. The golden cownose ray lives in the open seas, shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, estuarine waters, intertidal marshes, and coastal saline lagoons of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru. In 1959, Ecuador declared 97% of the land area of the Galápagos Islands to be Galápagos National Park, which UNESCO registered as a World Heritage Site in 1978. Ecuador created the Galápagos Marine Reserve in 1998, which UNESCO appended in 2001.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download