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Marbled Electric Ray

Torpedo marmorata


Found this one in shallow water at 2-3 meters deep. It was half buried in the sand. This is normal behavior of this species. It is active in the night. When we approached it acted in typical defense behavior. A ray thretened on the tail will propel itself upward into a loop; if it has not escaped after the maneuver, the ray will curl into a ring with the belly facing outward, so as to present the area of its body with the highest electric field gradient towards the threat; these behaviors are accompanied by short, strong electric shocks up to 90 volts.


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25 Comments (1–25)

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 7 years ago

Yes Chris, no problem :)

Chris Taklis
Chris Taklis 7 years ago

Marek can i put it as mission photo for the mission "Biodiversity of Greece"?

Congrats Marek, well deserved!

CalebSteindel 7 years ago

Congrats, Marek!

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Congratulations Marek and well deserved. Such a great series.

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Congrats Marek!!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Marek, your majestic Ray placed 2nd in the fish category for the Best of 2015! Here is the link for the '2016 Best Wildlife Photo mission so you can add more fantastic spottings for this year!


AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Marek, your beautiful Electric Ray has made the top 10 fish spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 fish spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 5th. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10!

Chris Taklis
Chris Taklis 8 years ago

Awesome shot!

I see it again and again and like it more.

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Wow! That must have been an amazing glad you weren't hurt. Thank you for sharing the information and awesome pics. Not just a picture of the Ray but also of its behaviour - hiding in the sand and its defensive posture! Unreal :)

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

Thanks Maria, didn't know it is so rare spotting. I'm very happy to share it :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great action series! And only the second spotting of the species on Project Noah - the first being your spotting in Spain! Congratulations!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

:) excellent, thank you Fyn Kynd :)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

Thanks MaggieNoel :)

MaggieNoel 8 years ago


Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

Thanks venusflytrap2000 :)

CalebSteindel 8 years ago

unbelievable series, nicely done!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

I was lucky to not get electrocuted by this lovely creature ;) but I can say it was electrifying encounter :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Super spotting.. thanks! Maybe you can recharge your batteries while taking photos. :)


Awesome photo and very informative description!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

Have made more photos, but cant post them all ;)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Fantastic spotting!! Look at all the pictures and read the notes!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

It was first time I have seen this species in Greece, since I'm diving in here.

Marek Koszorek
Spotted by
Marek Koszorek

Elani, Greece

Spotted on Jun 3, 2015
Submitted on Jun 3, 2015

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