UNDER THE RAY-DAR!

New for 2017 UNDER THE RAY-DAR!  Step into our research submarine and come face to face with native RAYS!  Interact with the multi-sensory touchpoints to learn more about other sea creatures from the UK coast line and find out how to get involved in the amazing conservation projects SEA LIFE supports!

This new area also enlightens the positive effect from wind farms and their surprising new marine protection zones.  We encourage our guests to get involved in the great egg case hunt and the importance of conservation for the native creatures we have living on our doorstep and around the UK coast line!

Their skin is made up of tiny teeth called dermal denticles and this is the same for sharks!

 

Sadly Undulate Rays are now Endangered off the coast of the UK due to overfishing.

 

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is part of a national Undulate Ray breeding program and has already welcomed a number of healthy, baby Undulate Rays into the world.

 

 

 

Their skin is made up of tiny teeth called dermal denticles and this is the same for sharks!

 

Their skin is made up of tiny teeth called dermal denticles and this is the same for sharks!

 

Sadly Undulate Rays are now Endangered off the coast of the UK due to overfishing.

 

Sadly Undulate Rays are now Endangered off the coast of the UK due to overfishing.

 

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is part of a national Undulate Ray breeding program and has already welcomed a number of healthy, baby Undulate Rays into the world.

 

 

 

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is part of a national Undulate Ray breeding program and has already welcomed a number of healthy, baby Undulate Rays into the world.

 

 

 

NATIVE RAYS

There are over 500 different species of Rays in our oceans and rivers. Their closest relative is the Shark; Rays evolved from Sharks around 150 million years ago!

Just like Sharks, Rays don’t have a bony skeleton. Instead, their skeleton is made of cartilage (just like our nose and ears!) This makes them lighter so it is easier for Rays to glide through the ocean.

Undulates Rays are actually a type of Skate. Rays and Skate are similar but there are a few differences including how they reproduce; Rays give birth to live young whereas Skate lay eggs.

Native Rays are very well adapted for life on the sea bed; They have flattened bodies so they can easily hide under the sand and their bulbous eyes poke out to spot any tasty prey swimming past. To catch their food, they will leap out of the sand and trap it under their huge wings. With their mouth full of crushing teeth located underneath them it is easy for them to quickly grab and consumer their prey.