Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray
The Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura lymma) is part of the stingray family, and is the most commonly found stingray on the coral reefs of Koh Tao. As a scuba diver you will find it hiding out underneath rocks and corals during daytime, or you might find it out hunting at night. It's a carnivore that mainly feeds on crabs, shrimps, small fish, snails and other mollusks and prefers shallow, sandy plains as its hunting ground.
Despite having highly venomous tail spines, the bluespotted ribbontail ray prefers to flee if it feels threatened. The venom is capable of hurting humans but is not life threatening. Despite being one of the abundant stingrays in the Indo-Pacific
it's considered Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
When encountering them in the wild, you will mainly find them hiding underneath rocks or corals during daytime. As scuba divers it's understandable to want to move in for a closer look, but the rays do hide for a reason. Natural predators include sharks, dolphins and other larger fish. Please be careful not to scare them out of their hiding.
You may find them on most shallow dive sites around Koh Tao but they are particularly active at Twins and White Rock