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Sep 5, 2011 7:43 PM

Tail with shark type teeth

hi

 

please can you help me identify the tail shown the photos.

i found it on a beach on the east coast of normandy france,

 

many thanks

 

bigmoxy

 

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    Sep 5, 2011 10:33 PM (in response to bigmoxy)
    Re: Tail with shark type teeth
    Thornback Ray, Raja clavata, would be my reckoning. This is an edible species and accounts for most of what is sold as skate - fishermen process a good deal of this at sea, cutting off the wings and throwing the head to tail waste overboard. This is the kind of waste gulls are interested in and I guess a not too uncommon seashore find. The thorns themselves are also known as bucklers and probably a reference to their similarity to buckle type fasteners. 
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