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Rays

  • SEA LIFE, Under the Ray-dar!

When threatened Stingrays can whip up their tail...

Stingrays get their name from the stinging barb at the base of their tail. When they feel threatened Stingrays can whip up their tail to puncture their pursuer with their spiny, venomous barb. Once they have done this it takes a while for a new one to grow back, so they only use it as a last resort!

Be enchanted by our assortment of amazing rays! We have a variety of rays swimming around in our 'Under the Ray-dar' zone

How many species of ray will you spot?

Children And Cownose Ray

Stingray

Stingrays get their name from the stinging barb at the base of their tail. When they feel threatened Stingrays can whip up their tail to puncture their pursuer with their spiny, venomous barb. Once they have done this it takes a while for a new one to grow back, so they only use it as a last resort!

Undulate Ray

Undulate Rays

Is 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.

Undulate ray populations have been decreasing substantially, with declines of up to 80% recorded in some areas. Until recently they were targeted for their meat, and are caught in bottom-towed trawl as well as bottom-set gill nets

Sea Life Trust

SEA LIFE Trust

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks and Rays and the habitats on which they depend.

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