The Fins United Initiative is excited to bring the "Underrated Elasmobranch Spotlight" series through TFUI officer Jess Myers. Learn about the sharks not shown on the big screen through her beautiful artwork!
This next creature may look bland, but it sure packs a punch for anything that runs into it! The Atlantic Torpedo (Tetronarce/Torpedo nobiliana) is an underrated elasmobranch that belongs to a family of rays known as Torpediniformes. Rather than using a barb to sting and inject venom, electric rays have special organs in their pectoral fins that can produce electrical currents to stun their prey and defend them from threats. The Atlantic Torpedo is known for its strong shock that ranges from 180-220 volts! This could knock someone unconscious, which is especially concerning when one is under water. The Atlantic Torpedo is found all throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Juveniles remain near the bottom so they can bury themselves in sand, while adults will actively hunt and swim throughout the water column.
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TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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