Deep Sea Skate

Deep Sea Skate (Bathyraja abyssicola)

This Deep Sea Skate was photographed by the ROV ROPOS at 1756 m (5761 feet) beneath the ocean’s surface on the flank of Axial Seamount. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive R1466; V11

Bathyraja abyssicola, the Deep Sea Skate, also known as the Abyssal Skate, is a relatively rare species of skate found at sites all around the North Pacific Ocean, yet is has been sighted several times at Axial Seamount. This skate grows to be around 1.1 m in length at maturity, and can be found at depths between 0 and 3000 m. It is known to have a diet of mollusks, supplemented with bony fish. It is an egg-layer, with horned, oblong eggs 100 mm long and 65 mm wide.