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Have you heard of the Maugean skate?

It is an ancient Gondwanan relict species of skate. Seldom seen, this endangered animal lurks under the tannin waters of Macquarie Harbour.

Maugean Skates are Tasmania’s largest endemic fish and also one of the State’s most endangered marine species. They face many challenges in Macquarie Harbour, especially in today’s world.

The NRM Team at Cradle Coast aim to raise the profile of Maugean Skates and give these creatures ‘the Tassie icon status they deserve’. To this end, NRM Cradle Coast Authority is organising an art exhibition about the Maugean Skate in Strahan this summer.

The exhibition opens at the Strahan Primary School hall on January 14, with a Skate Art Trail planned for 11 different venues around Strahan and 1 at Queenstown. Plenty of time to visit the west coast, take a look and find out more about this amazing animal. You will also have a chance to view the exhibition entries via the online gallery. Visit the NRM Cradle Coast Facebook page to vote with the LIKE button for your favourite art work!

Cradle Coast Authority has provided more information on the Maugean skate along with some beautiful images here.