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How would you like to snorkel with Southern Stingrays in their natural environment? Stingray City is located off the coast of Antigua on one of the most beautiful reefs.
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Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas. They spend the majority of their time inactive, partially buried in sand, often moving only with the sway of the tide. The stingray’s coloration commonly reflects the seafloor’s shading, camouflaging it from predatory sharks and larger rays. Their flattened bodies are composed of pectoral fins joined to their head and trunk with an infamous tail trailing behind. There is 60 species of stingrays around the world.
Check out this absolutely awesome footage of Stingray City by Capt. Eric Bergeron! Thank you Captain!
Facts about Stingrays:
1. The largest species of stingray measure 6.5 feet in length and can weigh up to 790 pounds.
2.Stingrays are closely related to sharks.
3.They use their venom to protect them from predators. In fact, Greek dentists once used it as anesthetic!
4. Stingrays eat clams, shrimp, and mussels. Since their mouths on on the underside of their bodies, they catch their prey, then crush and eat with their powerful jaws.
5. While the stingray’s eyes peer out from its dorsal side, its mouth, nostrils, and gill slits are situated on its underbelly. Its eyes are therefore not thought by scientists to play a considerable role in hunting. Like its shark relatives, the stingray is outfitted with electrical sensors called ampullae of Lorenzini. Located around the stingray’s mouth, these organs sense the natural electrical charges of potential prey.<br
6. They swim in groups known as schools.
7. Stingrays give birth each year. They can have between 2 and 6 offsprings a year, each which can live between 15 and 25 years in the wild.
8. When they are inclined to move, most stingrays swim by undulating their bodies like a wave; others flap their sides like wings. The tail may also be used to maneuver in the water, but its primary purpose is protection.
9. The stingray’s spine, or barb, can be ominously fashioned with serrated edges and a sharp point. The underside may produce venom, which can be fatal to humans, and which can remain deadly even after the stingray’s death. In Greek mythology, Odysseus, the great king of Ithaca, was killed when his son, Telegonus, struck him using a spear tipped with the spine of a stingray.
10. Stingrays are totally HARMLESS if left alone, they get a bad rap because on 4 September 2006 Steve Irwin was on location at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Queensland, taking part in the production of the documentary series Ocean’s Deadliest. During a lull in filming caused by inclement weather, Steve Irwin decided to snorkel in shallow waters while being filmed in an effort to provide footage for his daughter’s television program.
While swimming in chest-deep water, Irwin approached a stingray with an approximate span of two meters (6.5 ft) from the rear, in order to film it swimming away.
According to the incident’s only witness, “All of a sudden [the stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Striking within a few seconds”. Irwin initially believed he only had a punctured lung; but the stingray’s barb pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death.The stingray’s behavior appeared to have been a defensive response to being boxed in. Crew members aboard Irwin’s boat administered CPR and rushed him to shore. Medical staff pronounced him dead at the scene.
Irwin’s death is believed to be the only fatality from a stingray ever captured on video.
Footage of the incident was viewed by Queensland state police as part their mandatory investigations. All copies of the footage were then destroyed at the behest of Irwin’s family. Production was completed on Ocean’s Deadliest, which was broadcast in the US on the Discovery Channel on 21 January 2007. The documentary was completed with footage shot in the weeks following the accident, but without including any mention of Irwin’s accidental death.
AGAIN STINGRAYS ARE TOTALLY HARMLESS IF LEFT ALONE.
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