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huisjen
01-28-2009, 06:50 PM
This was just brought to my attention, even though it happened last summer.

http://www.odditycentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/sea_cat.jpg

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/the-great-stingray-migration.html

Dan

John of Phoenix
01-28-2009, 07:01 PM
Great pictures.

Would that be an amazing dive? Roll over and see all those rays above you!!

ProaRotorhead
01-28-2009, 07:06 PM
I've seen that in the gulf of Mexico several times. I was surfing off Bradenton (yes, the gulf gets waves every once in a while) back in the 80's and had an entire herd (school? gaggle? swarm?) go right through the lineup where I was. Kind of cool, all were about a foot wide, diamond shaped with no stinger.
-RH

Paul Pless
01-28-2009, 07:14 PM
had an entire herd (school? gaggle? swarm?) fever

Paul Pless
01-28-2009, 07:16 PM
Roll over and see all those rays above you!!a real living escher

botebum
01-28-2009, 07:34 PM
a real living escherEscher Williams?

Doug

John B
01-28-2009, 07:39 PM
amazing!
They call those eagle rays here.
This un cruised past the boat one evening a week or two ago
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/Waione_photos/Cruise%2009/IMG_2526_2.jpg

paladin
01-28-2009, 08:40 PM
I have an underwater video we made with them, they feel like soft wet velvet and are pretty tame if you're careful, and you can hand feed the eagle rays....we used cheese whiz in the pressurized cans, but if you go below about 45 feet there's not enough pressure in the can to push out the cheese product. You can get stung if you try to restrain them, so never close your hand on any part of their body...being in the water with dozens of the large ones is simply amazing.

Shang
01-28-2009, 08:51 PM
I was wading around, about chest-deep, on the gulf side of Caladesi Island... Looked up and realized that a whole gaggle of sting rays were coming at me! No place to run, no getting out of their way.
I could hear the ranger calling from the beach, "They're protected by law...You aren't...!"
As they reached me they parted like the Red Sea and politely went around me on both sides.

The Bigfella
01-28-2009, 08:55 PM
Hmmm. Where's Steve Irwin when you need him?

paladin
01-28-2009, 09:02 PM
Maybe he tried to restrain one.......