Ray of light - first baby stingray born in Ireland
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.