Are All Stingrays Really Harmful Like The One That Killed Steve Irwin?

The stingrays are a group of cartilaginous fishes and appeal to the family of sharks.  These creatures have barbed stinger on their tails, thus the name Stingray.  They are generally found in the areas of subtropical and coastal tropical marine waters.  A stingray uses its barbed stinger mainly for self sustaining purposes and also the tail can measure up to a span of 35cms.  Some species of stingray have at least one of those barbed tails while others don't have a barb at all.  Stingray is a shallow water creature and prefers to stay deep in water.  If the climate is too cold, it may go deeper and occasionally may conceal it underneath the stones or sand which is primarily to safeguard it from its own predators.

The most striking part of a Stingray's body is its stinger.  It has an extremely sharp tip and a staggeringly flexible, barbed tail.  It's using its stinger that a stingray attacks its prey.  It does this by piercing the body of its own predator and injects the venom that it carries in its tail.  This fact contributes to my memory the unexpected death of wildlife specialist Steve Irwin.  When he was filming a documentary named Ocean's Deadliest, he happened to go near to a stingray and it accidently pierced his chest and that he dies almost instantly.  However, the stingrays are generally placid in nature and it was very unfortunate that it was responsible to the demise of a man for that no animal was a strange yet big or dangerous it may be.  Stingrays are not really aggressive creatures and generally don't attack humans.

The reported deaths of because of stingrays are mainly because it might have stuck and on the vital organs of the human body like the heart.

The eyes are observed in the top part of the body while their mouth is found under their physique.  An intriguing fact is that a stingray can't view its own predators or preys that are right in front of it mainly because of the strange positioning of its own eyes.  However, it smartly counters this aspect with its powerful smelling ability and also the existence of electro-receptors that it uses to trace its own prey.  Even sharks utilize their smelling ability to identify and hunt down their prey.

A stingray is only carnivorous and enjoys feeding smaller sea creatures.  Some of the ordinary preys of a stingray include crabs, oysters, mollusks, snails, clams and selective species of fishes.   Some of the potential predators of this stingray include the sharks, sea lions and a few other carnivorous species in the sea.  Stingrays usually breed more in winter season and a female bass can give birth to around 10-25 pups every year.

Fascinating facts about this stingrayAround 70 species of stingrays have been found thus far.   Some ocean experts feel that stingray is owned by the shark family (which could be the reason they are called as flattened sharks).
Stingrays have the ability to coat themselves with all the colour of the surroundings to protect themselves from predators.

Stingrays spend the majority of their time by being motionless, partially burying themselves under the sand.

A stingray doesn't have any bone; its body simply has cartilages.

The lifespan of stingrays is about 10 to 25 years.

A medical benefit of stingray is that its venom can be utilized as an anesthetic.  A stingrays' backbone can be used for making spear tips, needles, daggers, and awls.

It's because of these reasons that fishermen generally cut the stingrays' spine before dropping it back into the sea.

Recently, I happened to watch a program on Discovery Channel about stingrays on my cable powered by Verizon FiOS TV and I was amazed to understand some helpful information about this intriguing species.  At last, I have understood that stingrays are those that we already understand (the one that murdered Steve).  The fact is they are very tender in nature, particularly to human.

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