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Unborn Ray Babies Traumatized When Mothers Caught in Fishing Gear

Souce: Phys.org/Monash University - May 16, 2017 in Science/Tech

Unborn Ray Babies Traumatized When Mothers Caught in Fishing Gear
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The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the first of its kind in the world has found.

The study, led by graduating Monash Science PhD candidate Leonardo Guida, was recently published in Scientific Reports. The research formed part of his PhD thesis, as part of a Monash University-led broader research program in collaboration with Flinders University, University of Tasmania, and the Victorian Marine Science Consortium.

Leonardo and three other researchers examined the southern fiddler ray (Trygonorrhina dumerilii), a species frequently encountered in Victorian coastal waters.

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