Electric Ray

Fact File:

Common Name(s):
Electric Ray

Scientific Name:
Torpedo nobiliana

Usual Size:

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

Shore: 52lb 11oz

Boat: 96lb 1oz

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

The outline of the disc is rounded, the skin is smooth with no spines. First dorsal is much larger than the second and they are both rounded in shape. Colour: on the back usually dark brown/ grey or black.The underside is white.

Very little known about it's breeding habits, although it is viviparous, and thought probably to do so during the summer months.

Normally found in shallow water around 10m down to 80m although it has been recorded down to 350m

Bottom dwelling crustaceans and fish, stunned by it's electrical discharge.

Scarce but found all round west coast of UK, as far north as the Shetland Islands.

Additional Notes:

Can deliver a powerful shock if not handled carefully.

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