Native Sharks & Rays

Sharks have lived in our oceans for more than 420 million years... That makes them older than dinosaurs!

Their brains have evolved to become more intelligent and devoted to their senses – mainly their ability to smell. There are over 500 species of shark and ray in our oceans and you’ll meet some of the species that share our Scottish waters when you visit us.

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 Trust is actively working with the Shark Trust to campaign against unsustainable shark fishing in EU waters. SEA LIFE is also proud to be coordinating the European black tip reef shark breeding programme.

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Oban is proud to be part of the SEA LIFE breeding programme for sharks and rays.

Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Oban is proud to be part of the SEA LIFE breeding programme for sharks and rays.

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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Oban is proud to be part of the SEA LIFE breeding programme for sharks and rays.

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Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

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Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

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