So by now you’ve heard about our spotted rays, but how much do you know about our little wonders? Well the two pups were the result of a high profile breeding programme that lasted a long time, 7 years! Their mother Kitts gave birth to a male and a female. They are the first Spotted Eagle Rays to ever be born in captivity in the UK. A fully grown Spotted Eagle Ray can measure up to 9m in total length and can weigh up to 230kg. So our little ones have a long way to go until they will become as big as their mum. The spotted rays are usually white on black or dark blue discs, with white underneath and feed on a diet of fish and crustaceans.
We’ve had the Spotted Eagle Rays here at the aquarium since 2009 and did all we could in those seven years to learn about them in order to make the breeding programme such a success and we couldn’t be happier with their progress. Eagle rays are notoriously hard to breed in captivity and all the efforts between ourselves and Royal Burger’s Zoo, Arnhem in The Netherlands. They are only other aquarium in Europe to have successfully bred Spotted Eagle Rays in the past.
“We are delighted with the success of our Spotted Eagle Ray captive breeding programme and to have two healthy pups at the Aquarium is testament to the hard work that everyone has contributed over several years” James Wright – our Curator.
We now have an extensive array of shark and ray species currently boasting the most in the UK!
We haven’t given them a name yet as they are currently resting in the Aquarium’s Atlantic Ocean acclimation tank. Do you have any ideas what their names should be? We’d love to hear your ideas!