Thornback ray (Raja clavata) hatchling at the scales: it's growing! (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).
At May 1st the first 'baby' ray was born at the hatchery of Blue Linked. Culturing rays is part of the project 'Sharks and rays back to the North Sea', which is carried out in collaboration with i.e. the World Wildlife Fund.
The species concerned is the thornback ray (Raja clavata), a vulnerable species according to IUCN guidelines, and a native fish species to the North Sea.
Following its 'birth', the baby ray lives off the remaining egg yolk in the stomach. After that, it is exiting to find out if the animal will start eating in captivity.
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