Big Skate
Raja Binoculata
Range Pacific Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichtyes
Subclass Elasmobranchii
Order Rajiformes
Family Rajidae
Genus Raja
Species • R. binoculata
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Near Threatened

The Big Skate (Raja binoculata) is a large skate that has 2 black spots on its fins. It is found on the sandy seafloor 10 to 360 feet deep.

It measures up to 8 feet, it's black spots are supposed to look like "eyes," to scare away predators like sharks. They are very frequently caught by recreational anglers. This skate is often mistaken for a stingray, but it is more triangular and dwells on the bottom for a considerably longer amount of time.

Habitat Edit

The Big Skate lives in on the coast of the northwest USA, along Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. The species is most abundant in the cooler water off the coast of British Columbia, where it is found typically at or above 390 feet, though it has been reportedly found to depths as high as 2,600 feet! It is typically on the muddy or sandy sea floor of coastal bays or estuaries. The further north they are found, it has been found the shallower they head. This is so they can stay cool, as they go very deep in more southern areas.

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Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated