Sunday 22 October 2017

Ray of light - first baby stingray born in Ireland

Ava McDonnell (5) with the baby stingray at the National Sea Life Centre in Bray Picture: Patrick Browne
Ava McDonnell (5) with the baby stingray at the National Sea Life Centre in Bray Picture: Patrick Browne

The first tropical stingray born in Ireland attracted plenty of attention at the National Sea Life Centre in Bray.

The baby Atlantic Cownose Rays are listed as a 'near threatened' species and could face extinction in the future.

As the species matures very late in life, and females only go through one gestation period a year, the new baby has led to great excitement.

The baby has yet to be named, but is a healthy size of 30cm long, and 680g in weight.

She is believed to be a female but it is still a little early to tell for definite, said centre managing director Pat Ó Súilleabháin.

Sea Life has carefully orchestrated this breeding programme, taking in two pairs of male and female Cownose stingrays four years ago.

The programme was set up in order to get a better understanding of the stingrays' breeding patterns.

Irish Independent

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