Five baby sting rays named after One Direction

Published on by George Fuller (author)

A quintet of baby sting rays are settling in to their new home at the Blue Reef Aquarium.

The southern stingrays were born at the end of September at Blue Reef’s sister aquarium in Newquay.

They made the trip to the Hastings aquarium in their own special containers complete with filtration and heating systems.

The sting rays arrived nameless and remained so until keepers came up with the idea to name them after the members of One Direction – Harry, Louis, Zayn, Niall and Liam.

Hopefully the announcement that One Direction have come to Hastings won’t leave a mob of devastated teenage girls blubbering outside the Blue Reef aquarium with the expectation of a drier, less-fishy band of children.

Southern stingrays will remain in the mother’s uterus for six months. The eggs hatch in the mother’s body and the pups are born live folded up like newspapers.

They are born as fully developed miniature versions of their parents complete with a fully functional tail sting.

A useful defence as they are left to fend for themselves the moment they are born in the dangerous waters of the western Atlantic.

Adult females can grow up to two metres, with the heaviest recorded specimen weighting 135kg.

 

 

 

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