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"We've really had a large amount of folks affected today, so I would say it's not normal," said Lifeguard Sgt. John Sandmeyer.
Getting stung by a ray is a more serious matter, especially if encountering a congregation of them. During the summer, stingrays move inshore and are most commonly found in estuaries, bays and along calm sand beaches, Lowe explains. "So the most likely places people encounter them would be if they were swimming at a bay beach or along a calm, sandy, muddy shoreline. They can aggregate in very, very large densities."
When stepped on, a stingray whips up its long, barb-tipped tail.
Stingrays do not "attack". People step on stingrays laying on the bottom.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by silo13
Steve Irwin was swimming very close above a ray. Following it, harassing it. It responded defensively, not aggressively.
[edit on 7/15/2010 by Phage]
Never say an animal 'will not...' they will react just like a human will sometimes. They cannot be classified as having only one mode of behavior.