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Skate

SkateThe Skate is extremely unique looking fish that has fins which look like wings attached to it main body. A member of the ray family, it is different in that they lack a tail barb or stinger. They have an almost gliding appearance when moving, and have the ability to create a type of vacuum between itself and the seabed which act as a defensive mechanism when trying to be moved by predators. Skates can measure from 1 foot to 20 feet, depending on the species, and some are even known to discharge an electric shock. It has a flat kite shape to its main body and tail, while its mouth is located on its white underside beneath its head, much like a shark.

If you would like more information on any of the seashore life featured in this week's programme click on the links below:
www.marinedimensions.ie/Purse_Search_Ireland.730.0.html
www.marinedimensions.ie/index.php?id=709
www.marinedimensions.ie
www.nationalaquarium.ie
www.marine.ie