Now if you are going to start to ask what this is, I am going to let you know right off, I have no idea. It was on the beach one day while I was walking, it looked to me like half sting-ray and half fish…maybe half shark.
I did not get too close, I know it was already dead but again I did not get too close. Sometimes when the fishermen are hauling in their nets things get tangled up and end up in them that are not of interest to the fishermen. Usually within a few minutes a frigate bird has scooped it up. And the beach is once again clean…works for me!
Here is a close up to help you name this fishy for me.
My first email and comment came from John and Mary MacDonald our neighbors here in San Clemente. See what they wrote”
8:38 AM (50 minutes ago)
I did a little reading on the guitarfish after Mary found the picture in our book and learned that they are in the ray family. Google search has a lot of material on them and notes that the body is sort of a blend between shark and ray. I think if you saw this swimming toward you near the surface the dorsal fin would convince you that it was a shark.
When I was out whale watching we saw some fish that I was sure were large sharks, but the fishermen told me they were Manta rays. They have a large dorsal fin that looks like it came straight out of “Jaws!”
Have a great day,
John and Mary
Thanks John and Mary, I am learning so much about our new hometown.