Observed swimming in the shallows at happy bay Long Island in the whitsundays
The Eastern Shovelnose Ray can be recognised by its wedge-shaped disc, its long triangular snout and its colouration. It is usually sandy-coloured above and may have darker blotches. The lower surface is white with irregular dark flecks. the species grows to 1.2 m in length. - See more at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Eastern-Shovelnose-Ray-Aptychotrema-rostrata/#sthash.MqSEHKTY.dpuf
Found dead on Imperial Beach
Orange County, California, US
1.5m. Shovel nosed shark
Small female covered in sand resting.
Observation was done during the 1st Colombian Scientific Expedition to the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.
I was walking along the beach and I found this specimen washed up on shore. It was definately deceased, it say pretty recently. I had never seen one this big, dead or alive. The lenght was about a foot and a half.
The guitarfish are a family, Rhinobatidae, of rays. The guitarfish are known for an elongated body with a flattened head and trunk and small ray like wings. The combined range of the various species is tropical, subtropical and temperate waters worldwide. They often travel in large schools.