There are a number of skate species that live in the waters off of the New Jersey coast. These flattened fish are related to sharks, and many skate species are what most people would consider a ray. Many beachcombers find skate egg cases, which are commonly known as mermaids. purses.

a skate egg case

The egg case of these marine fish are a common sight for anyone that spends time looking for shells along the beach in New Jersey.


Aequipecten irradians

This checklist is from the wildlife refuge at the south end of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. There are plenty of resident species and quite a few spring and fall migrants. Some pass through the area for relatively brief periods of time. Migration time can make for some spectacular birding in New Jersey at places like Island Beach State Park and the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

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