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Underwater World Cup. In the London Aquarium, the stingrays have the ball as well as football players (photo)

Aquarium staff has published charming footage showing how the stingrays play their version of underwater football.

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Football fans around the world are glued to the TV screens, which are broadcasting the matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Qatar. However, the stingrays from the London Aquarium decided to prove that they are no worse than the football players of famous clubs and also skillfully know how to handle the ball, writes the Daily Mail.

Employees of the London Aquarium shared a charming video – the frames show ball underwater. Experts say that underwater football promotes mental stimulation in the sun. It is curious that a ball in the form of a net is used as a football for stingrays, inside of which food is located.

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Underwater World Cup. In the London Aquarium, the stingrays can handle the ball as well as football players (photo)

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The pictures show how six stingrays participate in the game and roll a hollow ball between them, filled with their favorite delicacy – fish. Scientists note that stingrays have a special trait – they are able to find food using their electric fields that they emit. However, to successfully play underwater football, stingrays needed to use other options to find prey – use their sense of smell.

Studies show that at the beginning of the game, stingrays realized that they needed to dive to a hollow ball and then drive it into different sides so that more food spills out of it.

According to Rowena Kennedy of London's SEA LIFE Aquarium, stingrays are intelligent creatures, which is why it's important to encourage their natural feeding behavior. The researchers note that they have found a solution in feeder balls, which are easy to use as a stimulating way to feed stingrays – it encourages team behavior for foraging, and also develops a keen sense of smell, like in the wild.

Underwater In the London Aquarium, the stingrays handle the ball as well as the football players (photo)

Underwater World Cup. In the London Aquarium, the stingrays have the ball as well as football players (photo)

Note that rays are closely related to sharks, but have a flatter body shape. As a result, they are perfectly adapted to life on the seabed – their mouth, gills and nostrils are located on the underside, and their eyes are located on top. In total, there are about 600 different types of rays in the world.