Cuckoo ray washed up at Flamborough

Cuckoo ray
Cuckoo ray
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This small ray washed up on the tide line at South Landing, Flamborough.

The distinctive eye spots on each wing make this species unmistakeable as a cuckoo ray.

Living Seas Centre manager Anthony Hurd said: “We do not often find such pristine fish washed up so it was a great opportunity to show people the finer details of these majestic creatures.

“The spines running along its back, the eyes on the top of the head and the mouth hiding below along with the gill slits that characterise it as an elasmobranch – the group that encompasses all sharks, rays and skates.”

Anthony contacted the Shark Trust to log the find and also to gather more 
information about this species.

Cuckoo ray have a wide ranging distribution around the UK and can grow up 
to 2.5ft.

They mature at around 2ft so judging by the size of the individual the Trust found at 1.3ft long they deduced it was a juvenile.

Interestingly they can be found in coastal waters but also to depths of 9.5ft.

At such a depth the pressure is 30 times that of here on the surface.