• Animals Kingdom Animalia
• Chordates Phylum Chordata
• Sharks and Rays Class Elasmobranchii
• Rays Order Rajiformes
• River Stingrays Family Potamotrygonidae
• Genus Raja
• raya gigante Raja binoculata
Globally near threatened (NT)
The big skate is found in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, from the eastern Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands, as far south as central Baja California. It occurs in coastal bays, estuaries, and over the continental shelf, usually on sandy or muddy bottoms, but occasionally on low strands of kelp. It is usually is found no deeper than 120 m (390 ft). It frequents progressively shallower water in the northern parts of its range. This species is abundant off British Columbia, where it prefers a depth of 26–33 meters (85–108 ft) and a temperature of 7.6–9.4 °C (46–49 °F).
Filmed during a night lighting science activity with the San Juan Nature Institute to study plankton and University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs.
The tracks of a large European rabbit in loose sand.
A nest that was dug out and scented by a red fox. Note the red fox scat on the left of the nest.
A neonate found at American Camp, on San Juan Island, WA.
Silver fox pelage. A well known fox on San Juan Island.
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata)
A clump of Halosaccion glandiforme exposed in the intertidal zone during low tide at 10pm
6 pholis ornata under one rock in the intertidal. exposed during low tide at 11pm
large Eumicrotremus orbis swam by the submerged light of the dock to feed. Ate multiple worms.
5 burrowing sea cucumbers under one rock in the intertidal during low tide at 10pm
Fish eggs in a mass attached to fucus sp. exposed during low tide at 10pm. brought 3 back to labs to look at under microscope. One was dead, other two had visible beating hearts and would quiver and shift in their egg cases every few minutes.
individual large Liparis dennyi swam past submerged light at 9pm off the docks at FH Labs