13 Aug '17, 2am
What's the difference between a skate and a shark? Find out here:
Barndoor skates are active predators on continental shelves off the east coast of North America. This species is known to live from shallow coastal waters to depths of at least 2500 feet (750 m). Like most skates and rays, they live on the seafloor, where they hunt a variety of invertebrate and fish prey. They seemingly eat just about anything that strays too near. They are even known to eat small sharks. This species reproduces via internal fertilization, and females spawn clutches of several, well-protected eggs. Unlike many fishes that have pelagic eggs, barndoor skates attach their eggs to hard surfaces on the seafloor. After laying the eggs, the mother does not provide any further parental care for her offspring. Well-developed juveniles hatch and immediately begin a predatory lifestyle. Barndoor skates are slow growing and likely do not reach maturity until they are ...