Handling Stingrays and Sharks at Sealife Weymouth

Handling Stingrays and Sharks at Sealife Weymouth

In this news feature we take a look at how our Animal Handling Gloves and the Ray Tray have been used at Sealife in Weymouth to overcome the challenges faced when moving Sharks and Stingrays.

In the past, it has been notoriously difficult to move Stingrays in nets. Their barbs often get tangled in regular nets and they can even break off during efforts to free them. This has made procedures like weighing, measuring. tagging and taking blood samples very hard to carry out

Our Ray Tray has been specifically designed with this in mind and is made with a smooth Polypropylene hard weave webbing which prevent barbs from getting trapped and the Rays getting injured.

By using the Ray Tray in combination with the Animal Handling Gloves, staff at Sealife are able to move and inspect the marine animals much more safely. They are also able to perform tasks easily and in a more relaxed mannor - enhancing the safety of the animals involved.

The 'Sling' feature of the Ray Tray accomodates the weighing of animals like Sharks and Rays whilst they are being transported from one pool to another, reducing the time of out water and stress on the animals.

The Animal Handling Gloves provide an extra level of security from the dangerous barbs of the Rays as well as the rubbing of hard shark skin against the handlers hands. This rubbing can cause a severe and painfull rash without such protection. 

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Please note; Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves should only ever be used as a secondary protection against stingray barbs as a direct hit may be delivered with a significant force from the tail that could lead to a puncture of the gloves.
 
 CONDITIONS VENOM DEFENDER ANIMAL HANDLING GLOVES (HERCULES™ 3180 R8E)
Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are intended as an extra line of security and should not be taken as a substitute of good handling techniques. Although not guaranteed to be puncture proof Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are highly puncture resistant. Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are effectively used against puncture wounds. Trusted by many zoo and aquarium experts around the world.

Each and every person wanting to use these gloves for such dangerous activities such as handling venomous snakes, stingrays or other animals which can cause injury by means of venom and poison must do so on the understanding that they are fully responsible for their own actions. The handling of venomous snakes, stingrays or other animals which can cause injury by means of venom and poison should only ever be attempted by a trained expert.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves should only ever be used as a secondary protection against stingray barbs as a direct hit may be delivered with a significant force from the tail that could lead to a puncture of the gloves.
Wear & tear is not an option, especially when handling venomous snakes, stingrays or other animals which can cause injury by means of venom and poison. When gloves are damaged we strongly recommend that these should be replaced.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are ultimately not designed for this purpose and service life cannot be specified as this depends on application and responsibility of the user to ascertain suitability of the glove for its intended use.

3 Layers of high performance SuperFabric® brand material technology – engineered to provide the highest level of needle-, and cut protection available on the market. Protection areas include palm, fingers, back of hand, in between fingers and fore arm.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves should be stored in dry conditions in its original package. When gloves are stored as recommended these will not suffer change in mechanical properties for up to 5 years from the date of manufacture.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are machine washable at 30c and will dry within 6 hours. Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are not waterproof.

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