Skate is a cartilaginous fish. It lives in the shallow and sandy bottoms of almost every sea in the world. This fish is part of the family of rajids and there are about thirty species of skate, each with their own characteristics. Some have the distinction of being able to transmit electric shocks and not all species are edible. The curly skate is the most common in trade but the sweet skate is the most sought after species for its taste.