species ID undulate ray
27 May 2013

Ray, Undulate

The undulate ray has the typical kite shape with rounded tips to the wings and a shortish snout. The back and snout are covered with short spines.

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species ID thornback ray
27 May 2013

Ray, Thornback

The body of the thornback ray has the kite shape that is typical of the skates and rays. As its name suggests it has thorns on its upper surface particularly from the root of the tail down to the dorsal fins at its tip.

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species ID spotted ray
27 May 2013

Ray, Spotted

The spotted ray has a concave, curved snout and the typical ray wings. The young spotted ray has small spines on the upper surface near the front edge and in the adults these extend further back.

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species ID small eyed ray
27 May 2013

Ray, Small-eyed

The small eyed ray has rounded wing tips and a shortish snout. As its name suggests it has comparatively small eyes.

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species ID cuckoo ray
27 May 2013

Ray, Cuckoo

The cuckoo ray is one of the rarer of the European rays and has the typical ray shape with comparatively large rounded pectoral fins. There is a double line of spines down the tail and rear of the back.

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species ID blonde ray
27 May 2013

Ray, Blonde

The blonde ray has the common Rajidae kite shape with a relatively thick body and a short snout. The tips of the pectoral fins are angular and there are a line of spines down the mid-line of the tail.

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species ID tope
27 May 2013

Tope

The tope is a member of the shark family and has the typical slender shark shape with five gill slits. The upper lobe of the tail fin is large and ends in a triangular shape.

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species ID spurdog
27 May 2013

Spurdog

The spurdog is the only common small shark found in the North Sea and eastern North Atlantic which has a spine in front of the two dorsal fins and lacks an anal fin.

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species ID starry smoothhound
27 May 2013

Smoothhound, Starry

The starry smoothhound is closely related to the smoothhound and resembles it closely. The lower lobe on the tail is larger than its relative and the denticles are broad with grooves along their length.

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species ID common smoothhound
27 May 2013

Smoothhound, Common

The smoothhound has a typical, slender shark body with two dorsal fins and five gill slits. The lower lobe of the tail fin is comparatively small.

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