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    Default Identification - Ray/Skate?

    I've caught more than my share of skates and rays in the inlets, but this one is new to me. Can anyone positively identify this little ray? Very short tail and I didn't see a spine.

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    I can't help on the ID, but would also like to know the answer to this. I got one of these in the Oak Island surf yesterday, and caught several about this time last year.

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    Might be a butterfly ray

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnuridae
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    Yup - probably a spiny butterfly ray.
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    They are everywhere around the port in morehead. You can about count on catching one if you are fishing with finger mullet. Thought I had a massive flounder because you can't see the tail and netted it. Only to find out it was a ray. On a side note I saw a huge eagle ray jump in the port about a week ago. Was quite a site to see.

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    Thanks guys! Ya'll at least got me looking in the right family of rays. It's either a spiny butterfly ray or smooth butterfly ray. Both rays are found in that range. I didn't see a spine, but I wasn't going to try and grab it's tail to find out if it was just very small and hard to see.

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    it is a spiny butterfly ray. dead give away that its not a smooth is the spots on it
    when life hands you lemons its time for new bait

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    better term for this animal..... bait
    when life hands you lemons its time for new bait

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    There are hundreds at OI clearing the water while chasing bait.

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    id love to see that. bait fish running from bigger bait fish
    when life hands you lemons its time for new bait

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