Southern Stingray

Looking down into the clear water while walking along a dock provided an amazing sighting for us, a Southern Stingray.

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Southern Stingray

 

Southern Stingrays have a wingspan of up to 6 1/2 feet.  This one was about 3-4 feet across and showed a cut injury on one wing.

 

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Southern Stingray

 

The Southern Stingray has a venomous barb on its tail that it whips up when it feels threatened by a predator.

 

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Southern Stingray “Waving Goodbye”

 

How beautiful it was as it glided through the water and away!

 

 

30 thoughts on “Southern Stingray

  1. I’ve touched a ray at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Neat, neat critters. It seemed to like the contact as it kept coming back for me to touch. Baby rays are screamingly cute.

    What a wonderful visit.

  2. So cool Donna! Great photos! I would have been so excited I probably would have walked right off the dock! I hope you’ll go searching for Manatee with me soon!

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