Stingrays in PCB
Stingrays in PCB
Panama City Beach is known for its beautiful sugary white beaches and abundant wildlife. The Stingray is one of the animals that is seen quite often. Stingrays are often found in shallow coastal waters. Stingrays are fairly shy and mind their own business, which unfortunately includes spending a lot of time resting on the sandy bottom in areas that are popular with swimmers and fishermen.
While you are in the Water
They are mostly covered with a light layer of sand and are hard to see. Something to remember when in the water is to do the Stingray Shuffle,shuffle your feet instead of walking or jumping in the water. Shuffling one’s feet while in the water will warn them of your approach and will scare them off. The vibrations frighten them and they will normally swim off. Locals here have been doing this for a long time. In fact, it’s a natural reaction almost!
The stingray has electrical sensors called ampullae of Lorenzini like its shark relatives. It is located around the stingray’s mouth, these organs sense natural electrical charges. They truly are fascinating amazing and beautiful creatures.
Check out the video below to see how many stingrays were in the water around PCB in 2010.
Stingrays in PCB – 2010
Fun Facts About the Stingray
- With flat, wide bodies, stingrays may not look like fish, but they are!
- The largest species of stingray measure 6.5 feet in length and can weigh up to 790 pounds.
- Their bodies are made up of the same kind of cartilage in our noses and ears.
- Stingrays are solitary, but can also live in groups.
- They can have between 2 and 6 babies a year, each which can live between 15 and 25 years in the wild.
- Stingrays eat worms, crabs, oysters, clams, shrimp, and mussels.
- Their long tails usually have a spine and venom.
- Stingrays are closely related to sharks.
More About The Stingray
Their eyes are on top of their bodies, but they use their electro-sensors to locate their next meal. 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. When they are inclined to move, most stingrays swim by undulating their bodies like a wave; others flap their sides like wings.
The stingray tail may also be used to maneuver in the water, but its primary purpose is protection. Stingray’s spine, or barb, can have serrated edges and a sharp point that may produce venom. They use this venom to protect them from predators. The toxic barb is used in self-defense and the tail is whipped over their body much like the action of a scorpion. Note: If you happen to find a dead ray washed up on a Florida beach, keep in mind that the barb can remain toxic. Do not mess with it. Always remember to be watchful of wildlife and respect your surroundings, especially in the water.