Skate

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Skate live?

Skates are a group of cartilaginous fishes that belong to the family Rajidae.
They have flat bodies and live on the ocean floor, where they hunt for prey and hide from predators.
Skates are found in most parts of the world, from tropical to near-Arctic waters and from the shallows to depths of more than 2,700 metres.

Different species of skates have different preferences for their habitats.
Some skates live on sandy and muddy bottoms, while others prefer rocky or coral reefs.
Some skates are more common in coastal areas, while others inhabit the open ocean.
Some skates migrate seasonally or vertically, while others stay in the same place throughout their lives.

Here are some examples of skates and their habitats:
  • The common skate (Dipturus batis).
    It is found in the Atlantic coasts from Madeira and northern Morocco northward to Iceland, including the North Sea.
    It also occurs in western parts of the Baltic and western and northern Mediterranean.
    They live in depths of 100 to 1000 metres.
    It is critically endangered due to overfishing and habitat degradation.
  • The clearnose skate (Raja eglanteria).
    It is found in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts to Florida, and in the Gulf of Mexico.
    They live in shallow waters, usually less than 100 metres deep, on sandy or gravelly bottoms.
  • The spotted skate (Raja montagui).
    It is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from the Irish Sea to Morocco, and in the Mediterranean Sea.
    They live in depths up to 500 metres, on sandy or mixed bottoms.
  • The undulate ray (Raja undulata).
    It is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from the British Isles to Senegal, and in the Mediterranean Sea.
    It lives in depths of 50 to 200 metres, on sandy, muddy, or seagrass bottoms.
    It is endangered due to overfishing and habitat loss.
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