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Undulate Ray’s Born at Sea Life London Aquarium

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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Two-endangered-10cm-baby-undulate-rays Undulate Rays are an Endangered Species that is primarily found in the waters of England. The rays typically grow to between 10-20 pounds and can live up to 20 years. Over fishing has been blamed for the decimation of the natural population of Undulate Rays, and commercial fishing was banned in 2009. Sea Life Aquarium in London has a breeding program focused on breeding rays, including Undulate Rays and Southern Stingrays. The Aquarium’s motto is ‘ Breed, Rescue and Protect’ and also has successful seahorse, shark and turtle breeding programs, to name a few. Last week, the Aquarium welcomed these two beautiful baby Undulate Rays into the World. All stingrays born into the Aquarium are micro chipped and tracked, in order to keep a record of all of the rays in the program. Sea Life’s breeding program is part of larger a European breeding program for this species. Other Aquariums throughout Europe participate in tracking and gene mapping the Undulate Rays, in order to ensure proper mating and preserve the genetic health of the species. The aquarium is working to ensure this endangered species survives, and every birth brings them one step closer to this goal.  MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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