Story: Sharks and rays

A swimming ray

The ‘wings’ or pectoral fins of rays are made of a complex web of long, finger-like cartilage, which provides a great deal of control over movement. The wing resembles an aerofoil in cross-section, and gives the animal lift as it moves through the water. Their flat bodies make it possible to hide in sandy or muddy sea floors and evade predators.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Rays and skates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006