Meet Ursula the Undulate Ray!

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U is for Undulate Ray
Conservation Status:
Endangered

Hello! I’m Ursula the Undulate Ray!

My family and I like to hide in mud and sand in the Mediterranean Sea and East Atlantic Ocean. I have over 600 cousins of different species who live in the ocean with me. That’s a lot of rays!

I like to eat small fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. I have 40-50 rows of teeth in my upper jaw, so I can crunch pretty good on all those hard shells! 

Wait, you don’t have that many teeth? How do you eat shellfish?

Baby Undulate Rays are laid in a case, called “mermaids purses”, which are dark and oblong with curved horns at each of the four corners. The babies hatch after about 3 months as perfectly formed little rays! 

Next time you go to the beach, be sure to look for mermaid’s purses!

You can take Ursula home with you!


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