|Beached Big Skate on Spanish Banks - photo by Junie Quiroga|
The Big Skate is found along the Pacific coastline from Alaska to California and typically lives in water 80 - 400 feet in depth. It has some commercial importance in the California fishery, mostly as bottom trawler bycatch, where the pectoral fins are sold as skate wings but, because of its slow reproductive rate, it is now rated as a near threatened species. If they are caught by a recreational fisherman they are typically released or discarded and that's probably what happened to this skate and another one I found not to far away as well.
|Nelson and beached Big Skate on Spanish Banks - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Beached fishing boat on Spanish Banks - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Spanish Banks low tide marker - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Curious harbour seal - photo by Junie Quiroga|