We've learned something about the lives and habits of undulate rays in their natural habitat. We've shared that experience through the publications listed and reproduced below. We've also posted some of our videos and provided links to other videos on our "Rays in action" page.
“Fish have Friends” Martin & Sheilah Openshaw
Publication: Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Bulletin 15
Spring 2021 Page 16
Link: PMNHSBull15_TOC.pdf (Currently only accesible to members of PMNHS)
Full Text: Fish have Friends (PDF Version)
Reviews the evidence of social interactions between rays and explores implications of the behaviour.
“The Undulate Ray Project” Martin & Sheilah Openshaw
Publication: Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Bulletin 8
Autumn 2017 Page 27
Full Text: The Undulate Ray Project (PDF Version)
Initial data and response to the website demonstrating rays return to the same site.
“Recognizing Undulate Rays (Raja undulata)” Martin & Sheilah Openshaw
Publication: Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Bulletin 4
Autumn 2015 Page 41
Full Text: Recognizing Undulate Rays (Raja undulata) (PDF Version)
Describing the photo recognition technique and the initial data.
“Rays set to stun” Matt Doggett
Publication: Scuba Magazine
Link: Not available on line
Article (pdf): Rays set to stun
Marine Biologist Matt Doggett reports on a project to survey undulate rays and their habits off the South Coast of England
Contributions to other research
Hook, S.A. (2019) The Application of Genetics and Proteomics for The Conservation of Sharks and Their Relatives, Doctoral Thesis, The University of Manchester
(Page 152: Chapter 5. The investigation of undulate ray population dynamics)
Link: The Application of Genetics and Proteomics for The Conservation of Sharks and Their Relatives (manchester.ac.uk)
Gómez Vargas, N. (2021). Development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques for the photo‑identification of fish individuals and implementation of a capture‑mark‑recapture (CMR) model. (Unpublished Final Masters). Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla. Máster Universitario en Matemáticas
August 2018 BBC FOUR, “Beach Live: the Jurassic coast revealed” Six-minute segment on The Undulate Ray Project.
March 2019 - BBC “Blue Planet UK: New citizen science is helping undulate populations."
Link: BBC One - Blue Planet UK, Series 1, Episode 2, New citizen science is helping undulate ray populations.
British Sub-Aqua Club Jubilee Trust Report
In 2018 the Undulate Ray Project was partially funded by a grant from the British Sub-Aqua Club Jubilee Trust. The project received a Highly Commended recognition in 2018 from the Duke of Cambridge Prize, which recognises outstanding achievements in research each year.
Link to the report: The Undulate Ray Project, BSAC Jubilee Trust Report