Story: Sharks and rays

Eagle ray

Eagle ray

Eagle rays have pointed pectoral fins, and they are wider than they are long. They move by flapping their fins, resembling birds in flight. They have plate-like teeth with which to crush their prey. The poisonous spine on the tail can cause a painful wound, but this is eased by applying heat, which destroys the poison.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Rays and skates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006