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Seven healthy round ribbontail ray pups born in the Open Ocean exhibit.

By Justin Hart

On Friday morning, 18th February, the aquarium divers found seven healthy round ribbontail ray pups in the Open Ocean exhibit.

Three of the pups were males and four were female, each weighing between 2 and 3 kg and measured 31 – 35 cm in size (disc width).

A few hours later they were driven to Vetch’s pier and released. Although some needed a little encouragement, they all swam off into deeper water.

Round ribbontail rays are bottom-dwelling inhabitants of estuaries and reefs and are found throughout the nearshore waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific, as well as off islands in the eastern Pacific.