Little Skate - Leucoraja erinacea by MotherNature

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This is a small, spotted skate ( about 12 to 20 inches in length)) that likes sandy or gravelled sea floors. It feeds mainly on the bottom although it will swim up to the surface to capture small bait fish. This skate ranges from the shallows to 1,00 feet in depth.

Skates are related to stingrays but lack the sharp, venomous barb at the base of their tail. They lay eggs while stingrays bear live young.

This picture was taken on Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, NJ, on May 17, 2009.

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Ron Co
    Ron Coover 3 years ago

    Love rays and skates ,this appears almost transparent/translucent , so delicate . How shallow is the water it appears non existent?

  • Navigator
    Navigator6 months ago

    What an interesting capture! I’ve never seen these.

  • Thanks:>) Although it seems these are not yet endangered, all the skates, rays, and sharks are heading that way.

    – MotherNature

  • Navigator
    Navigator6 months ago

    OMG! That is frightening! The seas are getting so bad. There are trash islands several hundred miles long in all the oceans. In all, there are five of them.

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature6 months ago

    The gyres are a huge problem and the Pacific gyre is bigger than Rhode Island. All that plastic going round and round and round for eons! There is a wonderful organization trying to bring this plastic disaster to the attention of people –

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