Species of ray

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Species of ray
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I caught this ray last summer a couple miles off of NJ last summer. We were catching alot of cow nose ray which are common towards the end of summer here. However this one was different. It had a round pointy head instead of the "cow" like head. It also had a nasty barb for a stinger.&nbsp;Anybody have any ideas. Sorry for the size of the pic, when I enlarged it got blurry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.roughfish.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/bullnose%20stringray.jpg?itok=pFRPA8uE" style="height:98px; width:98px" /></p>
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Bullnose Ray

In NJ the most likely candidate (maybe only) would be a Bullnose Ray.  I can't tell you for sure, but it doesn't look like a Spotted Eagle Ray which is the only other option in that area (I think).  Cool catch!

uconn fishmate
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I second the Bullnose Ray idea

Most likely

Myliobatis californica

It's actually a Bat Ray. You can tell by the tapering, pointed snout of the fish.

I spent half my money on fishing, gambling, alcohol, women and billiards. The other half I wasted.

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New Jersey

Bat Ray (Mylobatis californica) are only in the Pacific as far as I am aware ... would be quite a long way to stray to end up in New Jersey.