Another tidbit from the Seaside Aquarium: “Friday afternoon we got a call about a large skate which washed ashore at the Cove ... we were able to determine that the four-foot skate was a female longnose skate (Raja rhina), which had been very close to laying an egg casing (often referred to as a mermaid’s purse).” The skate is pictured, courtesy of TiffanyBoothe/SeasideAquarium.

“Longnose skates can reach a maximum size of 4.5 feet and can live for up to 20-plus years. They are bottom feeders, which have adapted a unique way of capturing prey by pouncing on top of their victims and pinning them to the ocean floor.”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or

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