The Fins United Initiative is excited to bring back the loved "Underrated Elasmobranch Spotlight" series through TFUI officer Jess Myers. Learn about the Chondrichthyans not shown on the big screen through her beautiful artwork!
Get ready because this next elasmobranch is the largest skate in the North American oceans. The appropriately named big skate (Raja binoculata) can grow up to 244cm long. The big skate isn’t just large in size; it also lays a large egg casing – one that can hold up to seven baby skates! Once the young are born, they will follow their mother around, sometimes mistaking other large objects for her.
Despite their large size, big skates cannot avoid all predators. In fact, they’re a tasty snack for yesterday’s Underrated Elasmobranch, the broadnose seven gill shark! This species is considered Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
WHAT UNDERRATED CHONDRICHTHYAN DO YOU THINK SHARK WEEK SHOULD SHOWCASE?
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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