Torpedos Ahoy!

Excitement this past long weekend as Chief Supervisor of the Stingray Project at the University of Waikato, Prof. Chris got a bit of a shock whilst on a recreational dive for scallops. An actual electric shock, as he'd stumbled across a New Zealand Torpedo ray Tetronarce fairchildi also known as the New Zealand Electric ray! There isn't much known about this apparently common but elusive creature (it is characterised as Data Deficient on the IUCN Redlist classification - compiled by experts in the field). We know that they are found in muddy or sandy sediments, are often taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries and also that they can can give out an electric shock of up to 50 Volts!​ A funny-look

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