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Rajiformes: Rays, Sawfish, and Skates
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Rajiformes: Rays, Sawfish, and Skates

With flattened bodies and wing-like pectoral fins, rays appear to fly through the water. There are more than 500 species of these cartilaginous creatures. Some sting. Some shock. And some rays have a formidable saw-tooth snout.

Suit up for an electrifying exploration of the graceful, distinctive fish in the Rajiformes order.

New Hampshire Public TV
Sawfish Are Some of the World’s Weirdest and Most Endangered Fish

Sawfish Are Some of the World’s Weirdest and Most Endangered Fish

Sawfish often get their rostrum caught in fishing gear. With habitats disappearing, they’re in danger of dying out. However, a research team says there’s hope for the species. Get the details. More...

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Slate
Giant River Stingrays Found

Giant River Stingrays Found

Aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan is devoted to studying and saving large freshwater fish. He traveled to Cambodia searching for a giant stingray...and found more than he imagined. More...

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National Geographic
Sawfish Snout Senses, Swipes, and Stabs

Sawfish Snout Senses, Swipes, and Stabs

Sawfish are more active hunters than originally believed. Find out what researchers discovered about how sawfish use their snout (rostrum) to impale and kill prey. More...

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BBC
Scientist Profile: Shark Scientist

Scientist Profile: Shark Scientist

Steve Blair loves his job because he gets to scuba dive often and handle animals everyday. Find out how volunteering at an aquarium helped this expert on sharks and rays get his aquarist job. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Barbara Wueringer, Vertebrate Biologist

Barbara Wueringer, Vertebrate Biologist

Wueringer studies sawfish, trying to understand how they detect electric fields. Find out how this "school girl who didn't like biology" became passionately devoted to understanding these creatures. More...

Profile
ABC Science
Ray and Skate Basics, Biology, Conservation, and Research

Ray and Skate Basics, Biology, Conservation, and Research

Do rays give birth to live young? What does their skin feel like? And are stingrays dangerous? Get answers to these questions and many more about rays and skates. More...

Article
Florida Museum of Natural History
Rays, Skates, and Sawfish

Rays, Skates, and Sawfish

Cartilaginous fish, like rays and sawfish, have skeletons made of cartilage instead of bone. Explore their habitats, watch videos, and get the latest news on stingrays and manta rays. More...

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BBC
Rays: Photo Gallery

Rays: Photo Gallery

Examine a variety of rays, including a close-up view of a stingray’s mouth, located on the bottom side of its flat body. Each photo includes great details about the featured species. More...

Images
National Geographic
Sawfish Lagoon

Sawfish Lagoon

Think you have what it takes to catch a sawfish? Of course, fishing for endangered species is never a good idea. But this fun game gives you the chance to virtually reel them in. More...

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JLBN
Sawfish Pictures

Sawfish Pictures

Take a closer look at several species of sawfish and their peculiar saw. These large shark-like rays live in the muddy shallows of bays, rivers, and lakes. More...

Images
SeaPics.com
Skates & Rays

Skates & Rays

Their flat bodies let these creatures glide gracefully underwater and across the seafloor. Take a closer look at skates and electric, manta, and sting rays. More...

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Sheppard Software
Stingray

Stingray

Welcome to “stingray city,” a barrier reef near Grand Cayman island where stingrays are used to people. Watch these graceful fish swim with divers and forage for food. More...

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National Geographic
The Elusive Sawfish

The Elusive Sawfish

Jeremy Wade, host of River Monsters, goes to Australia to catch (and release) a sawfish. Watch this extreme angler come face to face with the fish of his dreams. More...

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Animal Planet

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