Story: Sharks and rays

Skate egg cases

Skate egg cases

Some sharks and rays give birth to live young, while others lay eggs enclosed in leathery cases. The Arhynchobatis skate lays egg cases, pictured here. The tendrils on each end catch hold of seaweed or rocks, preventing the cases from being swept away or washed ashore.

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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/5347/skate-egg-cases (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006