Torpedo Ray Sighting Form
Contact Information - NECWA will not share your contact information with any other organization or business. This information will only be used to verify the sighting information.
General Sighting Information
Note: Please enter the GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) if you know them. If you did not record these coordinates for this sighting, you can provide an estimated location by using Google Maps or Google Earth.
On Google Maps, place the cursor where the animal was seen and double click to bring up a dialog box providing the latitude and longitude.
On Google Earth, place your cursor where the animal was seen and the latitude and longitude will appear on the bottom right.
If you need to convert your latitude and longitude to decimal degrees, go the Earth Point website at https://www.earthpoint.us for a free online converter.
WARNING: Torpedo Rays are an electric ray that can provide a strong electric shock if they are alive.
The electric organs are on both sides of the large head and are the modified pectoral fins.
DO NOT TOUCH THIS AREA if the animal is alive for you will get shocked.
If the animal is alive: To rescue a live torpedo ray, use a t-shirt or other soft material and wrap it around the tail. Then drag the animal by its tail back into deeper water.
If the animal is dead: Gently flip the animal over to get photos of its underside, including the reproductive structures to determine whether it is a male or female.
Call the NECWA Resue Hotline Number
If the Torpedo Ray is injured or alive and stranding, please call the NECWA rescue number at 508-566-0009.
If the Torpedo ray is dead, you can safely determine the sex of the carcass by using a stick or other object to gently flip if over with its belly side up. Or you can grab the animal gently by the tail to flip it over.
If you are not sure if the Torpedo Ray is dead, don't flip the animal for it may add additional stress to the animal.
Upload Images - Please upload any photographs of the Torpedo Ray you were able to collect.
Send any additional photos or videos to NECWA at email@example.com.
Thank you for sending us this sighting report of a Torpedo Ray. To learn more about the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), go to our website at
The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), is an all-volunteer nonprofit based in southeastern MA. We work to better understand and protect the unique coastal marine wildlife in New England waters. Your efforts are helping us achive this goalTo learn more about NECWA and to support this project and our other community projects, go to www.necwa.org.
NECWA is also interested in sightings of basking sharks, ocean sunfish, thresher sharks, Diamondback terrapins and box turtles. Go to www.necwa.org to report your sightings.