The common name may have you wondering if we are going to the middle of nowhere to look at animals in a barn... no worries, friends, we are still in the ocean. Specifically in the northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean where we will see the barndoor skate, Dipturus laevis.
As a skate, this cartilaginous animal is in the skate family... does anyone remember what that is? You're a "winner" if you said the Rajidae family!) Bonus points if you said they are in the Rajiformes order. They have a wide range, being found from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland all the way to North Carolina in the United States of America. Attaining lengths of up to 1.5 metres (5 feet), it is one of the largest skates found in the northern parts of the Atlantic Ocean! In these wasters, the animals enjoy a diet of invertebrates and fish.
#Finfact: The barndoor skate population plummeted in the 1960's and early 1970's as a result of overfishing! Thankfully the population numbers have increased since the 1990's but the barndoor skate was listed as endangered (EN) by the IUCN.
ever heard of this skate?
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