TERRY COVE ALABAMA STINGRAYS
It was a great day tagging in Terry Cove (Orange Beach, AL). Most of the tagged rays were the Atlantic Stingray (Dasyatis sabina) and Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis americana). The Atlantic Stingray can grow to about 15 inches and their tail spine is approximately 25% of its disc width, with females having longer tail spines than males.
We also ended up with some other interesting specimens, such as two different species of Puffer Fish and a Sea Robin. After a quick pic, everybody goes back in the water.
The water was a cooler 73 F but there were plenty of rays to tag.
An interesting find of a Southern Spider Crab (Libinia dubia) while searching for rays. They are usually found on sea grass / muddy bottoms and will attach bits of sponge and vegetation as concealment.
SMOOTH BUTTERFLY AND LESSER ELECTRIC RAYS IN SOUTH MOBILE BAY
It was a very succesful tagging day thanks to Captain Davis with Alabama Coastal Charters. Captain Davis had caught a Lesser Electric Ray (Narcine bancroftii) just prior to my arrival and I was able to tag this rather elusive animal. The electric ray can generate a strong electric discharge from the two elongate electric organs (extending from the eyes to the rear of the disc) that is used for hunting and defense. The peak voltage is between 14 - 37 volts.
The Smooth Butterfly Ray (Gymnura micrura) lacks the dorsal spine of most rays and can get up to 4ft. wide. They are also known to enter brackish waters, which we hope to be able to track if it moves further up the Mobile Bay.
STINGRAY TAGGING IN GALVESTON TEXAS
A personal thanks to Captain Arron with Get Hooked Charters for the successful tagging day! An extended thank you also goes to Biologist Katie Vogle for all the help with specimen handling, data collection and tagging.
In a matter of a couple hours we had tagged three
different species of stingray and shark. The warm water
temps of 89 F were very helpful . We also managed
to catch and release an interesting Oyster Fish along with
various other local game fish.
Hopefully, if those tagged aimals are ever recaught, thier data will be forwarded to us using the information on the hot, pink stingray-tagging.com tag.
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