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mmm, ravioli?

My blogging buddy Grant suggested an image competition as a way to lure me back into a blogging mindset **. And then, I saw this (courtesy of the FB page for the team at Amazing Earth): 

My first thought (following a passing glimpse) was, "embroidery". Followed, I'm sorry to say, by "mmmm, ravioli!" (In my defence, I missed breakfast this morning!) But no, they are newly hatched baby stingrays, and rather lovely babies they are too.

You're next, Grant :)

 

 

** and apologies for the hiatus. With a lot having happened at home it's been hard to get back into thinking about serious blogging.

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Silly question - what happens to the (equivalent of) forelimbs in sting rays?

Now I need to hunt for something to put up...

The pectoral fins? I'd always assumed (naughty word, that!) that they represented the 'wings' of a skate or ray. And indeed, it seems my assumption was correct: http://www.elasmodiver.com/Whiptail_Stingrays.htm (The pelvic fins are clearly present in the 'ravioli' image - almost like little 'legs'!)

Sorry, wasn't expressing myself properly. I meant the skeleton not the whole limb; was looking at the hind limbs and thinking they look to have bones, but couldn't what might be boney structure for the forelimbs.

remember that we're talking cartilage rather than bone, so there would be cartilaginous rays supporting the wings.

It looks to me that they have little legs poking out the bottom - missing link perhaps?

Pelvic fins :-)

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