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    Skates and Rays in the UK?

    Looking for intel on some good locations to see skates in UK waters. I will be visiting this summer and hoping to photograph some species that I haven't seen yet, for a forthcoming book. I would very much appreciate any information I can get from local divers.

    Thornback Ray: This one I have photographed already, on the south coast and in Norway.

    Undulate Ray: I hear Chesil Beach is a good spot with regular sightings. Anywhere else?

    Flapper Skate: I hear they are making a comeback in the Shetland Islands. Has anyone seen them there or elsewhere?

    Cuckoo Ray: ?

    Blonde Ray: ?

    Common Skate: ?

    Are there any other species that UK divers see?

    Thanks!
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    I can put you in touch with someone who regularly sees flapper skate in Scotland, message me.
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    Plymouth has some good skate sightings in deep water shore dives

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    I can put you in touch with someone who regularly sees flapper skate in Scotland, message me.
    Quite a few years ago I lived in Scotland for a couple of years and regularly saw flappers; or was that Slappers

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    Do you know which species?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Murch View Post
    Do you know which species?
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    Lots of thornbacks and undulates of the south Kent and East Sussex coasts of the vis is good enough. Otherwise Jersey and Guernsey have loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Denny View Post
    Lots of thornbacks and undulates of the south Kent and East Sussex coasts of the vis is good enough. Otherwise Jersey and Guernsey have loads.
    Thanks Alex. As I know almost nothing about UK diving, please give me a town, or better still, a dive shop to aim for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Denny View Post
    Lots of thornbacks and undulates of the south Kent and East Sussex coasts of the vis is good enough. Otherwise Jersey and Guernsey have loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Murch View Post
    Thanks Alex. As I know almost nothing about UK diving, please give me a town, or better still, a dive shop to aim for.
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