Story: Sharks and rays

Electric ray

Electric ray

Electric rays, or New Zealand torpedoes, stun their prey with an electric shock. Estimated at 50 volts in some rays, the charge is enough to make an adult human collapse. One of about 14 electric ray species in the world, Torpedo fairchildi, pictured here, is found only in New Zealand.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Rays and skates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5346/electric-ray (accessed 24 February 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006