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Discussion in 'Scotland Catch Reports' started by stephen mcallister, Jul 1, 2020 at 1:07 AM.

  1. stephen mcallister

    stephen mcallister Member

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    Hi folks, looking for some help to ID a ray, is this a Cuckoo?
     

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  2. neptunes

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    Looks like a cuckoo ray to me.
    The nose and with the thorns only running down the tail and triangle behind the eyes.

    Although I’ve see Thornbacks with the same markings, but if I was a betting man, it’s a cuckoo

    Someone will verify I’m sure.

    Great catch, by the way:thumbsup:

     
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    I would say it's a Thorny mate. All the Cuckoo rays i have seen have been much lighter than that and the skin doesn't appear as rough as a Thornback. I could well be wrong though. The nose looks more Thorny than Cuckoo to me as well. All the Cuckoo ray i have seen caught or washed up have been on the East coast as well, so the area you caught it might give you a better idea. I have had Thornies with that same pattern on them out of two West coast sea lochs .
    SD
     
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    Looks like a Cuckoo ray to me. Had a few darker ones from loch Fyne.
     
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    Looks like a Cuckoo to me, although it's a bit dark in colour, they tend to be lighter. Does have those fake eye like markings though on its back.
    Where did you catch it, and did you weigh it ?
     
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    Thornback Ray pal - shape, colour, patterning and tail all wrong for a cuckoo.
     
  7. stephen mcallister

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    Cheers folks, knew I'd get the answer on here, it was just over 6lb and caught from a west coast sea loch!
     
  8. sniggle

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    Did you scrape the skate leech off ?

    Those things give me the willies !:barefoot:
     
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    It’s just a Thornback cuckoo rays look a lot different in colour and in body shape.
     
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    Never seen a thornie with those marks?
     
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    Had loads like that especially from the west coast lochs
     
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    Well done on the Ray, strange looking thornie, but what on the side of it, notice it coz I was trying to look for thorns on the wings image.png
     
  13. cfish

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    Lamprey or a leach?
     
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    Horrible looking thing . Two speices to ID now
     
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    See my question half a dozen posts up !:)

    Never saw any in Hampshire but quite a few here in Wales !
     
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    Lol I missed that one, but res never seen them down here at all
     

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