Rays

Rays are a type of flattened fish and are closely related to sharks as they are a result of the same evolutionary cycle!

They are social animals that often come together in huge groups of up to thousands of individuals, although some species prefer to live alone. Rays are found in oceans all over the world and are even found in some freshwater channels which flow into the sea.

Like sharks, a ray's skeleton is made of cartilage, which is a tough, fibrous substance. Although cartilage is not nearly as hard as bone, it is very flexible. This allows the ray to move easily underwater.

 

SEA LIFE Loch Lomond regularly takes part in shark and ray tagging exercises to monitor numbers around Scotland.

21 species of Skate and Ray can be found in British waters alone!

SEA LIFE Loch Lomond is proud to be part of the SEA LIFE network's breeding programme for both Tropical and Native species of Ray. Check out our Ray Nurseries for the newest arrivals when you visit!

SEA LIFE Loch Lomond regularly takes part in shark and ray tagging exercises to monitor numbers around Scotland.

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SEA LIFE Loch Lomond regularly takes part in shark and ray tagging exercises to monitor numbers around Scotland.

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21 species of Skate and Ray can be found in British waters alone!

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21 species of Skate and Ray can be found in British waters alone!

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SEA LIFE Loch Lomond is proud to be part of the SEA LIFE network's breeding programme for both Tropical and Native species of Ray. Check out our Ray Nurseries for the newest arrivals when you visit!

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SEA LIFE Loch Lomond is proud to be part of the SEA LIFE network's breeding programme for both Tropical and Native species of Ray. Check out our Ray Nurseries for the newest arrivals when you visit!

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Tropical Stingrays

We have several species of Tropical Stingray at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond including the only Cow Nose Rays in Scotland!

Most stingrays have one or more barbed stings on their tail, which are used exclusively in self-defence. Their 'stingers' can reach as long as 35 cm - wow!

Stingrays don't aggressively attack humans although they can sting you if you accidentally step on them. Fortunately there's no chance of that happening here at the Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium - you're perfectly safe!

Believe it or not, despite their sting, rays are in fact edible and are somethings caught as food using fishing lines or spears. Sorry, not chance of that happening here though - look but don't touch!

Native Rays

We have Native species of ray in our Deep Loch Tank including both Thornback Rays and Undulate Rays.

These species of ray do not have 'stings' in their tail, but do still have a pair of incredibly strong jaws designed for crushing up molluscs and crustaceans.

All of the amazing species you can see in our Deep Loch Tank are native to the UK and found in our coastal waters.