This skate was caught in San Juan Channel with a otter trawl. It is about a foot in diameter from pec fin to pec fin. Length it is about double that with its long tail.
Off Eustatia Island, Virgin Gorda
Orange County, California, US
Rajiformes is one of the four orders in the superorder Batoidea, flattened cartilaginous fishes related to sharks. Rajiforms are distinguished by the presence of greatly enlarged pectoral fins, which reach as far forward as the sides of the head, with a generally flattened body. The undulatory pectoral fin motion diagnostic to this taxon is known as rajiform locomotion. The eyes and spiracles are located on the upper surface of the head and the gill slits are...