… is a species of electric ray or numbfish found only off the coasts of Eastern and Western Australia. Like all electric rays the coffin ray has an electric organ which allows it to dispatch its prey with a 200v electric shock, it uses this shock to feed on fish, cephalopods, worms and occasionally penguins and rats. Coffin rays are poor swimmers and are active at night, during the day they spend their time buried in the sediment to keep out of the sight of predators. Although their shock can cause severe pain in humans it is in no way lethal.
Driftnets are one of the most destructive fishing techniques on earth. Thousands of whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and fish die every year, when they are caught accidentally in the nets. The use of driftnets has been banned internationally since 1992 but five countries around the Mediterranean Sea continue to use them.
I freakin’ love sharks. One of my favourite episodes of Planet Earth is when it films the Great White shark attacks in slow mo. They are huge, one rises and literally the sea lion falls into its mouth. Just makes me think, they can reach up to 20 feet. Megalodon’s reached 50 feet!