Cow Nose Rays
NEW FOR 2016- THE ONLY COW NOSE RAYS IN SCOTLAND
Can you guess where this creatures name comes from? Their inverted snout resembles the nose of a cow! Come and see them in their brand new display, where they glide through the water as if flying!
Rays are a type of flattened fish and are closely related to sharks as they are a result of the same evolutional 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.
Things to To
- Find the rays, swimming together in their tank
- See how they use their synchronized wing flaps to stir up sediment on the ocean tunnel floor
- Learn about why they are under threat
- Spot their happy faces smiling back at you!