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October 19, 2000|Alex Coolman (949) 764-4330

It's not easy having an identity crisis, not even for a stingray. But that's the sad dilemma that confronts a pair of rays that were born late last month at the Marine Studies Center on Shellmaker Island.

They're small, cute and frisky, but--alas--they have no names.

John Scholl, a wildlife expert with the California Department of Fish and Game, is trying to make sure that the rays do not have to enter adulthood and be returned to the wild without the civilizing touch of a name.

He's holding a contest, which started Saturday and will continue through Oct. 28, to encourage community members to come up with monikers for the rays.

The Marine Studies Center is at 600 Shellmaker Road. The rays will be on view from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday and next. Information: (949) 640-6746.

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