Tracking the Bay's Cownose Rays
Speaker: Matt Ogburn (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
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Beautiful but mysterious, cownose rays have inspired both wonder and controversy in Chesapeake Bay. For the last four years, ecologist Matt Ogburn and SERC’s Fish & Invertebrate Ecology Lab have tracked ray migrations along the Atlantic Coast as part of the Smithsonian's Movement of Life Initiative. Discover the biology of these often-misunderstood creatures, how scientists are using sound to follow their journeys, and how new discoveries might inform management of ray fisheries.