An unfortunate scene appears to be commonly prevailing recently of a number of rough rays which are being haphazardly killed and dumped in Maltese waters.
Photographs taken by Saviour Bonnici and published by Prof. Alan Deidun show at least 11 rough rays dumped in Marsaskala, which he described as “wasting and a sin….senseless killing”.
He stated that this senseless killing is becoming a common thing after many of them are being caught together during their reproduction time.
This is a fish species, called cartilaginous, which also includes sharks such as the common spiny fish and the basking shark, and skates which reproduce slowly to a maximum of seven that remain for four months in their mother’s belly. This is contrary to normal fish practice, such as bony fish, which lay thousands of eggs.
“It is not a suprise that many of these species are threatened with extinction”, Prof. Deidun stated while condemning the wasting of these creatures.