Thornback ray on maerl bed
Paul Naylor
Age Group:
Over 18s
United Kingdom
Nature’s Assets
Camera Used:
Nikon D200
Image caption:

This thornback ray is resting on a bed of maerl in the Fal estuary, Cornwall. Both are beautiful but are under pressure from human activities. Rays breed relatively late in life and are vulnerable to over-fishing; a close relative of the thornback (the common skate) has been wiped out from many areas. Maerl, a type of calcified algae, forms a distinctive, rich but very rare habitat that can be easily damaged by human activities and developments.

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