Meet Gibson, Fender, Ibanez & Martin: Guitarfish will soon call Orlando aquarium home

ORLANDO, Fla. — SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has announced that four guitarfish will soon call the aquarium home.


The guitarfish, named Gibson, Fender, Ibanez and Martin, will be part of a breeding program at the aquarium where scientists will work to aid the long-term survival of the critically-endangered species of rays, officials said.

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An aquarium spokesperson said guitarfish are on the brink of extinction due to overfishing and an increase in fin meat trading, for which they’re targeted.

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The aquarium said its conservation programs are dedicated to researching and executing breeding initiatives to ensure the survival of endangered species.

The guitarfish will make their grand appearance in March at the aquarium’s Stingray Cove.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.