Wednesday, June 11, 2008 1:10:35 PM
I grew up on the Calif coast and was taught that rays will leave you alone if you leave them alone. You pretty much have to step on something in order for it to hurt you. Actually in Catalina Island the rays would congregate under a floating diving platform that us kids would hold onto.You could see their shadows under there- they may have been the younger ones there for shelter. Rarely would anyone ever get hurt. I'll bet alot more people get bitten by dogs than stung by rays...(I`m guessing) And all the people who don`t believe- why on earth did you doubt? That`s just silly! Many ocean creatures swim in schools- you know that`s true. And many animals do those massive migrations, you know that`s true- so what`s so unbelievable about this?? Silly kids! B-|
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 5:00:23 PM
Alright, time for a biologist to pop in, eh?
1) These aren't "sting" rays. They are pelagic rays, most of which actually don`t have any kind of barb at the base of their tails (including the giant manta ray of which someone posted a pic). So actually, unless one of these rammed you, they`re actually incredibly harmless. 2) The story of the woman killed by a jumping ray is actually only partially true. The ray was a either a spotted eagle-ray or a cow-nosed ray and she was never punctured by a barb, but was hit by the ray and hit her head. The blow to her head was what killed her, although the ray was an indirect result of her death.