Virtual Visit: Leopard Whiptail Ray Weighing!

Virtual Visit: Leopard Whiptail Ray Weighing!


Hi everybody, I’m Sarah. I have Audrey,
Tori, and Chris here with me. We’re all part of the animal care department here
at the New England Aquarium and today we’re gonna weigh our whiptail rays in
the shark and ray touch tank. So if you’re not familiar with these animals
we have two in the tank, one male and one female and they’re both about four feet
wide and 125 to 150 pounds. So really big, awesome animals and even though we’re
not open to the public right now and we’re working with lower numbers of
staff on-site our animals still need their routine
checkups, so that’s what we’re going to do today. Hi everybody. So what you just saw
was us catching our whiptail rays to weigh them. So we started in the deep
end of the touch tank and got them up the slope so that
we could better handle them, which can be quite a process because like
I said they weigh 125 to 150 pounds. So they’re really big animals, they
weigh more than I do. But me and Tori got them
into this net here with nice gentle material, not to harm their
bodies and once we got them in the net we brought them over here.
We have a scale hanging from the ceiling so that we could weigh them and so it took
us a little while. What we had to do, is we had to put the ropes in between the nets so
we could actually hang it. And then you saw me and Tori sort of
standing there with the net. What we were doing is we were draining
the water out so that it wouldn’t affect the whiptails’ weights and we drained it
towards their gills so that while they were in the net their bodies were dry
but they had that water around their gills for as long as possible.
Lifted them up, a quick weight, sort of like a quick breath hold
for humans, put them back down and let them go! And in case you guys
were wondering, you know this was all about their weights. So the male whiptail
ray ended up weighing 123 pounds and the female was 145 pounds. So really
good healthy weights for them. We’re glad that it was a success! So thank you guys so much for joining us
today. I hope you enjoyed watching us give our animals some
routine health checks and we hope to see you back for
our next post!

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