Skate: six slip­pery facts

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS -

• The skate is a flat fish with two wings. Usu­ally only the wings of the fish are eaten.

• The pre­vi­ous record for the big­gest skate landed was in 2014 when a 208lbs and 7ft 3in long fish was caught off the coast of the Isle of Skye.

•The skate does not have a stinger, un­like other mem­bers of the ray fam­ily.

• The fish are usu­ally found near the bot­tom of the sea, where they spend most of their lives.

• Sci­en­tists be­lieve that the colour of a skate act as a cam­ou­flage, blend­ing with the ocean floor.

• It’s be­lieved that skates use elec­tric­ity to rec­og­nize each other un­der wa­ter.

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