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Thorntail pup release

On Friday Morning (10th August) we released two thorntail ray pups which were born in the Open Ocean exhibit at uShaka Sea World.  They mark the 72nd and 73rd thorntail ray pups which have been born and released from uShaka Sea World since 2012. 

They are miniature replicas of the adults with the exception of a small, white round end to their barb which prevents the mother from being injured during the birthing process.

Thorntail rays are one of the larger ray species in the world and individuals can grow up to 200kg.  Our adults range between 90 -130 kgs.  They are present along the KZN coast in summer and often congregate in sheltered areas off the Durban beachfront, which could be where they reproduce.