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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
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Found Live Electric Ray on Display at North
Oregon Coast Facility
Photos by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium
Oregon) – Another stroke of luck for the crew at the Seaside Aquarium
has resulted in the facility boasting a Pacific Electric Ray in its possession.
On the morning of June 20, a fisherman from the north Oregon
coast town of Warrenton brought in an electric ray in excellent condition,
said aquarium manager Keith Chandler. The man had accidentally caught
it in a fishing net, but had obviously paid close attention to its care
and immediate rescue.
“It was in really good shape,” Chandler said.
“Which is unusual for a net dragger. He was really on top of it,
and threw it in water right away, which kept it in good condition. I was
impressed with his efforts.”
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The Pacific Electric Ray is about 30 inches wide, three
feet long and is a full grown female. Chandler described it as looking
an awful lot like one of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
movies, where the saucer section of the starship Enterprise gets separated
from the main ship.
It was a bit
of a thrill to come across it, Chandler said, because it’s rather
uncommon these fish come to the aquarium or are kept alive when found
– and it’s rare that they’re found. “They’re
a common fish,” Chandler said. “It’s just uncommon that
they come to us. I haven’t seen one in twelve years.”
creature had no visible ailments or injuries, but it is still uncertain
whether or not it will make it. Chandler said fish like these –
which have been taken from one environment to another – undergo
harsh physical adjustments. They have problems eating and often don’t
survive such changes.
For now, it’s in a large tank and visible to the
“If it’s alive after this week, we’ll
see what happens with it,” Chandler said. “We’re doing
what we can. Until it’s stabilized and eating again, we won’t
know. It’s a stressful situation when they’re moved like this
and can easily die.”
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aquarium may not be equipped to keep the electric ray, as even the biggest
tank they have – where the fish now resides – may not be big
enough. If she lives, they may give her to another facility.
“We don’t have her in there with any other
fish,” Chandler said. “Any other fish we want kept alive,
anyway. We threw in some little fish, hoping she starts eating again.
Then we can start feeding her on herring and stuff.”
chances of living are still about 50 - 50.
scientific name of the electric ray is Torpedo Californica and it is related
to other skates and stingrays. They can emit up to 50 volts, enough to
knock down a full grown adult.
That’s something Chandler has never tested.
“I’ve never been shocked by one, but then I’ve
never tried,” he said. “I’ve always used nets to grab
them and never touched any two points on them.”
|Another recent find - a ratfish - was adorable and intriguing, but
died shortly after washing up on a Seaside beach
The Torpedo Californica resides in waters off the Oregon
coast, in a range from Baja, California to British Columbia. The Pacific
Electric ray is one of 14 species of electric rays, though it is the only
one limited to the west coast. They are usually found at depths of 10
feet to 1,400 feet, maybe even deeper. Their usual habitats are sand or
mud bottoms, and around kelp forests, where they live approximately 16
They can get up to four feet in length and weigh up to
prey is primarily herring, anchovies, halibut, dogfish and even salmon.
They feed by stunning their pry using electric discharges from an electric
organ. They have two kidney shaped organs, located one on each side of
Electric rays have been used as model organisms for molecular
biology research because of the high, natural abundance of some proteins
in its electrical organs.
The public can still view the Pacific Electric Ray
at the Seaside Aquarium, on the Promenade in Seaside. 503-738-6211.
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for Freaky, Creepy Mole Crabs on Oregon Coast Beaches The
little critters make the tideline bubble and feel really weird as they
run across your feet
Transformations of Oregon Coast Beaches Seasons change
and so do beaches, revealing different sides and a variety of eye-popping
Found on Oregon Beach May Be 80,000 Years Old - They
are the remnants of a forest apparently 80,000 years old, found at Hug
or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
Up for Summer Camping on Oregon's Coast There are
dozens of campsites, providing exceptional opportunities for beachcombing