Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
bullray, cowray, millray, whiptail ray
This ray has blueish spots and bars on the upper body, a short and bulbous head and the blunt snout is indented at the front. The fins are winglike, tail long and whip like with a stinging spine near the base of the tail.
Do not take in shark refuge areas.
This species is found off beaches and on sand flats in shallow water around Tasmania. Adults are usually solitary but will form aggregations and migrate inshore during summer periods.
Eagle rays can be taken on rod and line using fish flesh baits. These rays are very powerful and considered a gamefish by some fishers. When hooked they have long powerful runs and will frequently break the surface in an attempt to evade capture.
As with all large rays with venomous tail barbs, be very careful if handling.
Edible but not commonly eaten.
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